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Drain Cleaning

Most homeowners will experience a slow or clogged drain sooner or later

It’s an inevitable occurrence. First, your drains start backing up or don’t drain properly. You may notice it in your sink, bathtub, or shower. Soon, the backup becomes greater and greater until you finally decide to do something about it.

When that time comes, call the experts at Three-Way Plumbing first. They have the know-how and the tools to get your drains flowing smoothly (drain cleaning) and keep them flowing smoothly (drain care).

There’s nothing more inconvenient than a clogged drain. It can be something as simple as a kitchen sink drain that’s running slow, to a toilet that is overflowing to a tub that is not draining. It can be minor, major or anything in between! But…it always happens at the worst possible time. There are some things you can try when you’re trying to dislodge a stoppage.

Chemical Cleaners

Many homeowners will first attempt to try to resolve a clogged drain on their own. There are products on the market that may dissolve clogs that are comprised of things like hair and grease. These products can be effective in certain settings and are certainly worth a try; however, we do not recommend them because they can be harmful to your plumbing system as well as dangerous. It’s important to follow the directions closely and to be careful using the product as they can be somewhat caustic.


There are also tools that can be purchased that may aid in resolving some clogs. A standard plunger may resolve a toilet clog or a drain clog. This is done by using a pumping motion over the clog to try to dislodge the stoppage. Plungers are an inexpensive tool that can be purchased in any hardware or big box plumbing store. Keep in mind that the stoppage may be too large or may be too far down for plunging to be effective, but it is always worth a try.

Plumbing Snake

Another tool is commonly referred to as a plumbing “snake”. This is a piece of coiled metal that is put through the drain line in an effort to dislodge whatever seems to be causing the blockage. This tool, while often effective, is not always to use and can be somewhat cumbersome to use. Again, the stoppage may be further into the pipe than the plumbing snake can travel.

Plumbing Grip Sticks

This is an inexpensive tool that is basically a plastic “stick” with teeth. You put this down the drain and the “teeth” will grip whatever is causing the stoppage. While they can be effective on opening a stoppage caused by hair, they are not usually more than a couple of feet long and are not particularly effective on other types of clogs.

There are also some plastic sticks with gripping “teeth” that when put down the drain will grab onto anything that is easily accessible and may allow for dislodging the clock by pulling the clock out through the drain.


Let the experts at Three-Way Plumbing help you solve your drain problems. Contact us today!
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