Tips for Backed Up Drains

Backed up drains are usually house guests that overstay their welcome after a holiday of entertaining. The week following Thanksgiving keeps is the busiest week of the year for plumbers. We have a few solutions for backed up drains.

Prevent clogs

Having a lot of people in your home, in a short burst of time, can tax your home’s plumbing system. Sometimes, things get flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t. Common items that cause backed up drains are tampons, sanitary napkins and small items that accidentally got knocked into the toilet. When preparing your home for guests, we recommend that you clear any decor from the back of your toilet and near your sinks. Place wastepaper baskets in easy-to-reach and highly visible areas.

Food preparation is another culprit that causes backed up drains. Vegetable peels should be disposed in the garbage can, not the sink or garbage disposal. Bones should also never be placed in the garbage disposal. Drippings from the bird should be poured into a heat-resistant container then thrown into the trash.

Clogged, backed up drains, food, grease, build up

Clogged drain in Coventry CT

Solutions for backed up drains

A plunger can be used for minor clogs. Just be sure you have the correct plunger for the job. There is one plunger especially made for toilets, and another type for drains like you find in the kitchen.

A mix of boiling water and vinegar can also dislodge a backed up drain. However, if an object is lodged in the drain, this method will not help.

Many homeowners use an array of drain cleaners to clear backed up drains. This is a “solution” that we do NOT recommend. Why? 1) It is almost never a solution. 2) The harsh chemicals do more harm than good for both your pipes and the environment. 3) The chemicals can burn you or a plumbing professional if more intensive service needs to be done.

Even the most well-intentioned house guest can contribute to backed up drains. Luckily, that’s what we are here for! Whether the drain needs to be power snaked or we need to run a drain camera down to see what’s causing the issue, we can get things moving again. Please call 860-228-1036. If you’d like a icemaker magnet mailed to you, so that you always have our number handy, please fill out our Contact Us form to request one. Our service area covers Coventry CT, Columbia CT, Willimantic CT, along with most Eastern CT towns.


Rapid Service is located in Columbia CT. We offer plumbing, electrical and heating repairs and installations for Eastern CT homeowners. Our Plumbing Installations include: well pumps, well tanks, water heaters, sump pumps, sewage pumps, toilets and water treatment systems. Plumbing Repairs include: clogged drains, frozen pipes, burst pipes, appliance hookups, clogged toilets, leaking pipes and odor or leak detection. Electrical Installations include service changes, panel upgrades, generators, electric heat, surge protection, outside lighting and interior fixtures. Electrical Repairs include faulty outlets, GFIs, and updating wiring and circuits. Heating Installations include oil or gas boilers. Heating Repairs include baseboard, piping, valves and coils. We offer FULL Kitchen Remodeling and Bathroom Remodeling services too!  Some of the towns we cover are: Columbia, Willimantic, Andover, Coventry, Bolton, Vernon, Ellington, Willington, Tolland, Mansfield, Willlimantic, Ashford, Chaplin, Windham, Lebanon, Colchester, Hebron, Marlborough, Glastonbury, Manchester, Portland, Middletown, East Hampton, Bozrah, Norwich, Franklin, Sprague, Lisbon, Scotland, Canterbury, Guilford, Madison, Haddam, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Montville, Groton, Ledyard, Stonington, & North Stonington CT.