Sand Backing up in the Shower? Must be Summer in San Diego!
How to Fix the Mess at Your Feet
In our previous post, “Prevent a Clogged Drain this Summer by Keeping the Sand Out,” we give you 12 tips to minimize sand in your car, carpets and showers. If you’re already looking at a shower tub with a few inches of dirty water, you’re past the prevention stage. Time to get to work!
Don’t get too aggravated. Sand backing up in the shower is one of the most common San Diego plumbing repair problems, particularly in summer. These tips may get things moving, if only temporarily. Still, with the emergency out of the way, you at least have time to plan a plumber visit. Don’t try these tactics too aggressively, however. You don’t want to break parts, causing more damage.
The Handy Dandy Wet/Dry Vacuum
You told your spouse it would come in handy. Now is the time to get out the Wet/Dry Vac, also known as a shop vac. First, vacuum up all the standing shower water and dispense with it in the toilet or back yard. Place the vacuum hose at the shower drain and pull up as much water as possible. The suction could disrupt the sand clog. Check to see if water is now draining by running the water. If you have success, congratulations! If not, a call to a plumber is probably in order. Also, even if you do fix the problem temporarily, it is smart to have our professionals come out to “scope” the line with a miniature camera.
Use a Garden Hose Bladder
For between $20 and $30 at a home supply store, you can hook a bladder up to your garden hose. Just turn on the spigot and try to blast the blockage aside. Of course San Diego plumbing professionals have sophisticated tools like the high-pressure water jetter drain cleaning and Bio-Clean Green drain cleaner to get the job done as well. Still, trying a garden hose bladder could buy you some time.
After your do-it-yourself fix, if the drain clogs again, it’s best to get it scoped. If you have a broken water line, calcification or a root invasion, the sooner you know, the better. Perry Plumbing has all the latest drain clearing technology, including the “scorpion” cutter that clears all kinds of blockages without digging in the yard or home. We follow that up with no-dig trenchless re-piping.
With a 2-year guarantee on all plumbing services, Perry Plumbing stands by its work. Don’t put up with a sandy shower. Get it taken care of with a quick call to 619-472-2112. Fair, up-front pricing with generous San Diegoplumbing repair discounts and specials and you get your shower running affordably. Visit our website www.perryplumbing.comfor do-it-yourself tips and handy preventative maintenance.