Troubleshooting Common Drain Problems This Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died while serving the country. Not only is it a time of remembrance and honoring, it’s also a time when families and friends gather for activities, cookouts, and other outdoor fun! While you are enjoying times with loved ones, you certainly don’t want to deal with plumbing problems. If you experience issues this Memorial Day, here are some ways to troubleshoot specific areas in your home:

Bathroom Sink

Your bathroom sink is used very often. Every time you brush your teeth or wash your hands, you’re putting soap and toothpaste down your drain. This area sees its fair share of hair, skin cells, and lotions as well. As soap scum sticks to the walls of your pipes, it attracts other debris on their way down. This can restrict water flow, and result in unpleasant backups.

To troubleshoot, you can try plunging. While its not the most enjoyable activity, its highly effective in removing small clogs or buildup that’s close to the surface. If that doesn’t work after a few tries, the issue may be located deeper in your system and need professional assistance.

Tubs and Showers

Like your bathroom sink, your shower or tub drain is exposed to a substantial amount of substances that can cause buildup. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair, dirt – all of these find their way into your drain and sewer system.

Try boiling some water to flush out the clog. Plunging can help too. If both fail to work, call Jones Services for assistance.

Kitchen Sink

Take a moment to consider all the things you put down your kitchen sink. Food particles, grease, peels; even more goes down if you have a garbage disposal. These materials can quickly build up along the sides of your pipes, causing slow drainage and backups.

To try and fix the problem yourself, pour a mixture of boiling water, vinegar and baking soda down your drain. Avoid chemical cleaners, as they can contain harmful substances that damage your pipes. It’s helpful to know what to keep out of your kitchen drains for future reference, such as:

  • Cooking fats, oils, and grease
  • Paper products
  • Egg shells
  • Bones
  • Coffee grounds
  • Peels

If your kitchen drain is still acting up, call us to schedule a service.


Perhaps the most unpleasant area of the home to experience drain problems is the toilet. Backups are not only a major inconvenience, they can cause water damage and health hazards in your home.

Plunging should be your number one go-to when it comes to a clogged toilet. If that doesn’t work, give us a call.

Why Choose Jones Services?

To keep your drains in good shape all summer long, we offer the following services:

  • Sewer cleaning 
  • Plumbing snake 
  • Drain camera/pipeline video inspection

These are just a few ways to troubleshoot drain issues in your home. We want you to enjoy your time with friends and family as much as possible. Calling Jones Services for repairs can help you do just that! If troubleshooting doesn’t work, give us a call.

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