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Does My Drain Clog Require A Plumber?

July 10, 2023 | Blog

People often ask themselves: “Is my drain really clogged, or is this just an easy fix?” For the most part, it is an easy fix you can do with a plumbing snake or toilet plunger. This solution works well until the same thing continuously happens again and again.

If you see frequent clogs forming, who better to call than Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing? It’s our goal to make sure you have complete comfort in your Lake Charles home. Keep reading to learn about drain clogs and how to tell if it’s a professional or DIY fix.

DIY Solutions For Clogged Drains

DIY projects aren’t only limited to arts and crafts! Occasionally, your plumbing system will experience problems that can be corrected with a few accessible tools.


When it comes to toilet clogs, your plunger is a handy tool to use. For minor back-ups, plungers can usually dislodge obstructions in the pipes. However, it doesn’t always do the trick. Depending on how bad of a clog it is, a professional may need to clear the blockage for you.

Baking Soda And Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is an easy DIY solution for clogged drains. This mixture helps dissolve some of the bacteria or backed-up wastewater. After the bubbling has gone down, turn on the faucet handle to hot water and keep it running for at least 15 minutes.

Drain Snakes

Drain snakes are a handy tool that break through small blockages. These objects can be found at hardware stores and are relatively inexpensive. Insert the drain snake into the opening of the drain, and crank it until you don’t feel resistance. Rotate the handle in the opposite direction to remove the buildup and run hot water down the pipe until it’s cleared.

Signs You May Require A Plumber

It’s not always clear when a clog requires professional assistance. Your plumbing system can’t verbally communicate with you, but it will show signs when an issue is present. Knowing these indicators can help you determine when to contact a reliable plumbing company.

Drains Aren’t Draining

You’ll know your drains aren’t draining right away. Your sink may accumulate water when you’re washing dishes, or simply washing your hands. If you’re unable to remove the clog with a DIY method, the obstruction can be removed by a professional plumber.

Sewage Smell

Your drains should never release any foul odors. If your appliance smells like sewage water, it may be from a clog in your drains. A small blockage can lead to this aroma since it’s not letting the wastewater drain properly.

When wastewater isn’t released, it causes bacteria to build up, causing the foul smell to form. This is a sign of a severe issue with your plumbing system. It’s best to call a plumber once the smell occurs to prevent it from worsening over time.

Reliable Lake Charles Drain Cleaning Services

It’s easy to look online for a fast and easy fix instead of calling the plumber. What you don’t know is that it may cause it to worsen rather than make it better.

We understand the hesitation behind calling in a professional. Ace Air Conditioning & Plumbing makes it our mission to give you fast high-quality services in Lake Charles. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, or get a quote, don’t hesitate to contact our team!

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