9 Tips for Fixing a Clogged Drain
No matter how careful you are, clogged drains are a problem and in some cases, a nightmare for homeowners. You’ll realize the warning signs well before it gets completely clogged like the sink taking longer to drain and water pooling around your feet when you are in the shower.
To top it all, there are the foul smelling odors, all signs that you have a clogged drain. If you don’t take action now, you end up with a completely blocked drain which has to be immediately unclogged lest you end up with a burst pipe or useless bathroom.
You may try unclogging it by removing all the hair and gunk built on the drain surface only to find out it’s of no use. Remember that there are various reasons for clogged drains in your kitchen, bathtub or toilet; and whatever the reasons may be, you need the help of these tips to fix and unblock a clogged drain.
1. The first thing that may come to your mind is using chemicals to clear your drain. While this is a good and effective solution, sometimes the product can be so harsh that it not only clears the drain, but also causes damage to your pipes! Moreover, these products usually end up only moving the clog further down to lead to a larger blockage later on.
2. This is why it’s better trying these home remedies for fixing a clogged drain first. You can try pouring boiling water down the drain to unclog it. You can also add some salt as it helps at breaking up the clog.
3. Another remedy involves pouring a mixture of a third cup each of baking soda and vinegar into the drain and letting it foam for a few minutes to remove all the gunk, hair and grime built up in the drain. After leaving it there for an hour or overnight, flush it with some boiling water.
4. You can try using a closet auger, which resembles a drain snake to unclog the drain. The closet auger is a long and thin tube that usually has a hook or bristles at one end. Just push it into the clogged drain, and if you are lucky, its hooked or bristled end will help remove the clog.
5. You can always use the right plunger to take care of the job. As it works better when there is standing water, do first add some water to the sink or tub if there is no standing water in it to facilitate better suction.
6. A wire hanger proves helpful at unclogging drains. Just straighten out a regular wire coat hanger as much as possible and bend an end to create a small hook. Just push it past the drain cover and go fishing for all the hair and nasty things blocking the drain.
However just remember that while doing this, you need to pull OUT the gunk, and not push it IN further! Once you have removed as much gunk as possible, run hot water and things should clear up.
7. A wet and dry vacuum is great for unclogging drains. Just set it to vacuum liquids first and cover the vent to prevent a mess. Then create a tight seal over the drain and use it like a plunger head for the purpose. On the highest setting, the vacuum is powerful enough to remove the clog in the pipe and into the vacuum bag. You never know when this will work.
8. Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide available at the local hardware store is effective at unclogging drains but should be used wearing some rubber gloves and eye protection as it can cause chemical burns.
Add 3 cups of it to 1 gallon of cold water and on stirring well with a wooden spoon, you find it fizzing and heating up. This is when you have to pour it into the clogged drain and leave it there for 20-30 minutes and then flush with boiling water and repeat if necessary.
9. You can also try pouring 1/4 cup of dish detergent into a bowl and boil some water. The dish soap works like a lubricant to break up greasy residue. This is when you need to pour hot water and start plunging. If it doesn’t cut, use rubber gloves.
All these 9 tips are helpful at clearing even the most stubborn and clogged drains. Try it and see the results!
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