Fixing Pipes Clogged By Dried Paint

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Sometimes, homeowners make mistakes, particularly when they undertake DIY projects. Many of these mistakes are easily reversible and do no permanent damage, but others may require professional attention to fix. If, for example, you have been pouring leftover paint down your drain, you may have recently learned that it has the potential to clog your drains. Thankfully, removing the paint and restoring flow to your pipes is relatively simple, though you should call in a local drain cleaning service like Opticable LLC to ensure that it's done thoroughly and there are no other problems causing the clog. 

Understanding How Paint Can Clog Drains

Paint is designed to cling to surfaces, harden, and then withstand water, making it a particularly harmful substance to wash down your drains. Although it's usually all right to rinse off your brushes over the sink, you should never pour a significant amount down your drain, for both plumbing and environmental reasons. Even small amounts of paint washed down with water can form a clog if it dries over other materials like hair, grease, or dirt. 

Dissolving the Paint

Your first option, if you are dealing with a minor clog, is to simply dissolve the paint. Before you start pouring a bottle of paint thinner down the sink, however, you rely instead on experts who are familiar with the problem as well as environmental regulations in your area. It may be possible to chemically dissolve a paint clog, but only if there aren't other materials in the mix as well. Many drain cleaning services offer flexible cameras that can snake down the line to find and assess the clog before beginning treatment. 

Physically Removing the Paint

In most cases, paint clogs will need to be removed physically, much like any other. This can be simple, if the clog is located in your drain pan or only a few feet down the line, or it may require more involved excavation using a snake and other tools. It is sometimes possible to pull out a handful of dried paint, while in other cases it will need to be knocked loose and allowed to continue down the pipe. 

Checking for Deeper Clogs

Once the paint has been removed or knocked free, your plumber may want to test your lines again to ensure that the problem has really been solved. This is because many paint clogs are a symptom of a bigger obstruction, and getting rid of the paint alone may not be enough to keep your water running efficiently. Once your plumber is satisfied, you can resume using your drains as normal, though hopefully without any added paint in the future. 

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22 September 2016

Learning About Plumbing Repairs

Hello, I’m Melanie. Welcome to my site about plumbing repairs. When I went on vacation last winter, the pipes beneath my house burst during a cold snap. I did not notice the problem until the weather warmed up and the pipes started leaking an immense amount of water. I had a plumber come inspect the crawlspace under my home to find and assess the problem. The broken pipes had to be replaced to rectify the issue. My site will cover all sorts of plumbing problems and repairs in detail to help you deal with similar situations. Some of these will be DIY, but others you'll need to know when to hire a professional.