How to Clear a Clogged Drain
There are a number of plumbing repairs that require immediate attention. A clogged drain is the king of plumbing problems that requires an immediate attention. A sluggish drain can be messy and inconvenient. As the greases, hair, toothpaste, soap and other debris build up inside the pipes, it will eventually cause a blockage. People wait until the drain stops completely before they take action which may increase the amount of risks and work needed to be done and cause serious problems.
Sometimes, using some home methods to clear the clogged drain can be very helpful. Although, a professional’s help is always recommended; first you may try some home measures to unclog the drain. Let us discuss some ways that may help you clear your drain.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Sometimes using baking soda and vinegar can unclog your drain. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and after that carefully pour in a cup of vinegar on the top. Let it stay for a minute or two and then pour a gallon of hot water onto it. Be careful with anything porcelain as it may crack, and make sure you run plenty of water down the drain after it is cleared to flush the lines.
Use of Chemical Drain Opener
This might be a bit hazardous if you are not careful. Be sure to be cautious all the time. Make sure you read the instruction manuals and procedures on the package of the chemical before you start your work. Chemical drain openers can clear out slow drains but should not be used on a stopped drain. Chemical drain openers are not recommended for septic tanks.
Use a Plunger
A very handy tool that comes to work in many plumbing related works; a plunger should always be at your home. If the problem is not in the disposer then you may try a plunger to free up the blocked drain. You may be muscled and strong but don’t use too much pressure to clear up the drain. If the drain doesn’t unclog after use of a plunger, move to other steps. Too much pressure from a plunger may damage your drain pipes.
Hold a wet cloth tightly over one sink drain to seal it and set the plunger over the other drain. Plunge up and down vigorously for about 20 seconds. Pop the plunger off the drain on your last pull stroke in a final attempt to break the clog free.
Clean the P-trap
Clogs that occur in the P-trap and trap arm can be cleared by use of normal water and in most cases baking soda and vinegar. If the problem is a bit serious than this, then disassemble and clean out the P-trap.
Loosen the slip nut on the trap arm assembly and the continuous taste tee and wiggle the trap free. Check the waste tee and remove and clean it if it’s clogged. Clean out any debris from the P-trap. Inspect the trap arm for cracks or weak walls. If they are damaged or worn then replace them to avoid problems in the future. If this doesn’t unclog your pipe then move to the use of a snake!
Use a snake
You can buy or rent a manual or mechanical snake to clear your drain. You can cause a lot of damage if you are not careful or if you are an amateur. Always seek a professional help if you are not sure and confident enough.
Thread the tip of the snake into the drain stub-out. Tighten the setscrew and turn the crank clockwise to feed into the drainpipe. Continue to turn the snake when you encounter resistance. The snake tip is designed to corkscrew through clogs and around corners. Pull the snake back-out, cleaning the cable with a rag as you retrieve it. Reinstall the P-trap and run water to test the drain.
These DIY steps are always great if your drain is not fully clogged and if the situation is in its early stage. This can save you a lot of money if you are cautious enough. However the time will come when you will surely need the help of a professional plumbing company. Hire a professional plumber and make sure your drains are clear as new. Instead of doing more damage to your pipes make sure to utilize the help of a professional plumber.