Tips for Troubleshooting Drain Problems


There’s no good time for a clogged drain or a backed-up toilet or any other plumbing issue in your home or at work. Fortunately, River City Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency service here in Reno and Sparks. But before you call in the experts, here are our tips for troubleshooting drain problems.

In the Bathroom

Bathroom plumbing is a workhorse. Between the sink and the shower/tub and the toilet, clogs or slow drains in here can be a big issue. The sink can be particularly prone to problems, given the amount of time we spend rinsing down soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, and dirt. Soap scum builds up on the walls of your pipes, and that starts to collect other debris that comes down – think skin cells, hair, all kinds of stuff. The result is restricted water flow, and that can mean back-ups.

Troubleshoot it – Plunging is something we consider for toilets, but it can be really effective in the sink too. If your issue is a clog or build-up that’s close to the top of your pipes, this should dislodge it. If it has no effect, it’s a good idea to get professional help from River City Plumbing.

If the bathroom issue is the in the tub or shower, again, you can blame all of the stuff we regularly wash down there. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hair, dirt – at some point, restricted water flow is likely.

Troubleshoot it – Address the build-up by clearing out the trap regularly. If there is a clog, try flushing it out by pouring down boiling water and using that handy plunger. No luck? River City Plumbing can help.

Clogged toilet? Hey, it happens! This is typically the most unpleasant kind of clog, and they can lead to big problems, like expensive water damage and potential health hazards. If you’re flushing anything that won’t dissolve in water, you’re heading for trouble.

Troubleshoot it – The plunger is your best bet if you find yourself with a clogged toilet. If that doesn’t do the trick, don’t waste time – call in a pro. River City Plumbing offers various services to address the issue and get your toilet running again like new.

In the Kitchen

We wrote an entire post about things to keep out of your drains, especially in the kitchen. If you’re in the habit of dumping everything down your garbage disposal, you may want to reconsider what’s going there. Food particles, peels, and grease can create build up quickly, which will be evident in slow-draining water.

Troubleshoot it – Try a mix of boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda to see if you can dissolve away the clog. It’s a good alternative to chemical cleaners, which often contain substances likely to damage your pipes.

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