Whether it’s in the bathroom, shower, kitchen or laundry room, a clogged drain is one of the last things anyone wants to encounter. The most obvious sign is standing water in a sink, tub or even on the floor. But drain clogs can be caused by any number of conditions and clearing a clogged drain often comes down to knowing what do, what not to do and when to call in a professional.

identifying the cause of a clogged drain

Kitchen Drains

You’re at the kitchen sink wondering if the water is ever going to go down. It could be a sign that you have a clogged kitchen sink drain. A slow draining, smelly kitchen sink or one that’s not draining at all can be caused by any number of things. Food particles, grease and even ice can clog or back up a kitchen sink.

Home Remedies for Unclogging a Kitchen Sink

Any number of household remedies can help unclog a kitchen drain. A combination of baking soda, white vinegar and boiling water is a popular and non-chemical approach to clearing small clogs. Plungers, drain snakes and liquid drain cleaners can also be effective in many situations.

When home remedies for clogged sinks don’t work, it’s time to call in the professional. Call GSM for fast, reliable drain cleaning service.

Bathroom Drains

Bathroom drains are prime targets for clogs. Showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks see their fair share of soap, hair, toothpaste and other products that have the potential to build up and eventually clog the drain. Standing in rising water in the shower or waiting for the water to make its way down the bowl of the sink after brushing your teeth are obvious indicators that you might be dealing with a drain blockage.

Clearing Clogged Bathroom Drains at Home

There are several tried and true methods for clearing a drain blockage yourself, snakes, plungers and household concoctions including vinegar and baking soda. Sometimes these are just what you need to get things moving again. But when it’s a stubborn clog, it’s time to call in a trusted, local plumber like GSM to safely clear your pipes and drains.

GSM’s professional service technicians are available 24 hours a day to help you with every kind of bathroom drain problem. Clogged or slow drains, block pipes, shower, bathtubs or sinks GSM clears them all and gets your bathroom back in order in no time at all.

In New Ulm, Mankato, Gibbon and Hutchinson GSM is your local plumber providing fast reliable service! Call today.


A slow draining, gurgling or overflowing toilet can be a nightmare. A clogged toilet is easily one of the most dreaded plumbing problems a homeowner can face. While they can be caused by any number of things, a basic toilet clog can often be cleared through conventional means, such as a plunger or drain snake. Even dish soap and hot water can sometimes fix the problem.

Professional Assistance for Toilet Backups

Difficult toilet clogs can sometimes be a sign of more serious problems with sewer drains and laterals. Whether it is a clog or something more it is best to bring in a professional plumber. GSM can identify the cause of your toilet backup whether it’s debris, tree root infiltration or something more severe like a collapsed sewer line. For tough toilet clogs, call GSM in New Ulm, Mankato, Gibbon or Hutchinson.

Floor Drains

Problems with a floor drain are usually a clear sign that something is wrong with your sewer line. Standing water in your basement or laundry room and sewer odor are clear indications that something is not right with the sewer lateral leaving your home. Any number of things can be to blame for a backed up sewer, including food, hair, dirt, grease and tree roots.

While there are many potential causes for clogged or backed up sewer mains, clearing them is typically a job for a professional. Once drain snakes and plungers are unsuccessful, it’s time to contact your local plumber, GSM. In southern Minnesota, GSM has the expertise to identify the sewer line problems and provide the right solution.

Sometimes a clogged floor drain can be a sign of a bigger problem such as a broken or deteriorated sewer line. GSM can help with that as well. Find out more about GSM trenchless sewer line replacement services.

For floor drain inspection and cleaning, schedule your plumbing appointment with GSM now!

Sewer Line Backups

Water or sewage backing up through your floor drain, sink or toilet can be caused by a number of things, including broken pipes, tree roots, food and waste buildup or even ice. While it’s possible to clear minor blockages at home through a variety of drain cleaning techniques, major issues are best left to professionals like GSM. GSM’s plumbing technicians can identify the cause of the blockage with special sewer line inspection cameras and employ effective techniques like water jetting to clear blockages quickly and easily.