Clogged drains rarely go away on their own. The longer you wait to handle it, the worse it is likely to get. Luckily, you do not need to call a plumber to solve this problem; you can do it yourself! The owner of Fixed Today Plumbing shares some of the best ways to unclog a drain .
It does not get much easier than pouring chemicals down the drain and allowing that to clear everything up. There are several options available to best cater to your particular situation.
Drain cleaners are best used at a time where they will be able to work into the drain for hours. Allowing it to sit overnight would be even better. Next, you will want to follow up by pouring hot water down the drain to push the clog the rest of the way through.
Having a plunger in the bathroom is a necessity. For basic clogs, a plunger has been known to work wonders. Anyone with knowledge of how suction works will be able to clear up a clog effortlessly.
First, you will want to place the opening of the plunger over the clogged drain. The key is to have an air tight seal so that you will be able to get a significant amount of pressure when you begin plunging. As you begin to plunge the drain, make sure that you have a solid hold to avoid injuries. You do not have to plunge as hard as you can – just be sure that you are applying equal pressure as you do the job.
For tougher clogs, a plunger alone may not be enough. In this case, it would be a good idea to loosen the clog first. The following household liquids can be of great use here:
This slippery liquid can provide lubrication to whatever is clogging the drain. That will make it slippery enough to be easily plunged.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Combining equal parts of these two ingredients will create a chemical reaction that can help to move solid matter around in the drain. It is important to note that combining baking soda and water together creates a lot of bubbles and fizz. For that reason, you will want to combine the mixture in a large container that is in close proximity to the clogged drain. Then, pour it down as fast as you can. Another way that this can be done is pouring dry baking soda down the drain and then pouring down the vinegar. The longer this mixture can sit on the drain, the more effective it will be.
Hot water is known to be a good agent when it comes to loosening stuck-on gunk. Pouring a large amount down a clogged drain is sure to loosen things up well enough to be plunged. For really tough clogs, you may need to repeat this step several times.
Manually Clean The Drain
If you are looking for a sure way to unclog the drain, it may be time to get hands on for an effective solution. Your hands will be too large to fit down a pipe so you will need a tool to get the job done. There is a tool specifically designed for such a job. It is called a Drain Snake. A Drain Snake is a flexible metal wire that has grooves to catch the clog. It is easy to use – just slide the snake into the drain while rotating it.
You can fashion your own snake using a wire hanger. Simply straighten it out and leave a small hook at the end to pull up and remove whatever is causing the problem. Be careful with this method because it can be easy to push the clog further down the drain.
While a clogged drain can be frustrating to deal with, it is also a problem that is easily solved. If none of the above solutions work for you, a plumber is just a phone call away.