A small plumbing problem could turn into a consequential disaster without warning. A homeowner's slight oversight might create a mishap with a drain that a DIY job won't likely solve. For example, a drain may rest right outside the house near the yard. The purpose of exterior drains centers on letting rainwater escape. A drain cover keeps large objects from entering the drain, but even the most durable drain covers could crack or develop large holes. Even worse, a theft could steal the drain cover to sell as scrap metal. Without that cover, a significant amount of debris could land inside the drain, especially if a home construction project occurs.
Problems Compounding on One Another
The lack of a drain cover may not present much of a problem, at least until it does. Imagine if concrete or bricks steps get demolished as part of a maintenance project. If one brick or one chunk of concrete ends up down the drain, then a clog becomes possible. Whether full or partial, the clog could lead to water pooling outside the drain. Many problems could arise here. The pooled water could create a slip-and-fall hazard, damage a cement pathway, or attract pests. Ultimately, the drain blockage brings forth nothing positive, which is why clearing out the drain should become a priority.
A Professional Drain Cleaning
Construction debris lodged deep inside a drain might not be too difficult a problem for an experienced plumber. With the right snake tool, a plumber may be able to shatter the brick or concrete. Plumbing companies have various rotor snake tools at their disposal. Some tools could tear through rocks, stone, bricks, mortar, and more. And there is another piece of equipment the plumber may have at his disposal, a camera.
No Assumptions About the Clog
Remote cameras are often used for leak detection, but using them to identify drain blockages might be possible. A homeowner might not see the importance of identifying the blockage, but a plumber may find the information helpful. Perhaps there are other problems inside the drain the camera might reveal. Roots, for example, could be starting to cause damage. Upon learning about unexpected additional troubles, a homeowner may ask the plumber to address the issues.
Replacing the Drain Cover
Of course, the plumber could also replace the damaged or stolen drain cover. With a new drain cover in place, hopefully, the clogging problem won't repeat itself. Meet with a service like American Minuteman Sewer & Drain for assistance.