Is the water in the sink draining a lot more slowly? Does the water in the toilet bowl gurgle or overflow when you flush? Does the water start to pool around the drain when you use the shower? Is there an unpleasant odor permeating the room or the house? All of these are signs and symptoms of a clogged drain. But how to unclog your drains?
You need to act the moment you notice these problems. If left unchecked, this can turn into a major blockage that may result in leaks, burst pipes, backflow, and even health issues. If the drain is clogged with hair, dirt, or sludge at the surface, it’s an easy enough task. However, if this doesn’t work and the drains remain clogged, you may need to bring out the big guns.
It’s not advisable, however, to unclog your plumbing with a drain cleaner as these can be extremely caustic and damaging to pipes.
Here are a few things you can use to unclog your drains:
The plunger is the simplest and the primary course of action when dealing with clogs. Every home should have one. The most obvious plunger is one used for the toilet. However, you may not want to use the toilet plunger if your bathtub or sink drain is clogged. There are plungers that are specifically designed for your sink. Sink plungers are smaller and can be used in tighter spaces.
Alternatively, you can turn to a power plunger. This is a special kind of pump specifically designed to remove most clogs. This pump allows you to send highly pressurized water down the pipe, which forces breaks apart the cause of the blockage or dislodges it.
A Drain Snake
Drain snakes come in both manual and machine-operated varieties. The mechanical drain snake works by breaking or cutting away at clogs caused by hair, fiber (in food) and, and plant roots (in outdoor drains) with rotating blades. In this way, you can unclog your drains. Turning it will chop up or dislodge the clog. If it doesn’t get dislodged, pulling the snake back out again might pull out the clog. If you don’t have a drain snake, you can make use of a wire hanger.
A Drain-Cleaning Bladder
A deep clog can be removed with the help of a drain-cleaning bladder. The bladder is a contraption that you attach to the end of a hose. It is inserted into the drain and is gradually filled with water, turning it into a thick rubber balloon that blocks access to the drain. The right amount of water triggers the pressure-sensitive closure at the end to open.
A Wet-And-Dry Vacuum
A wet and dry shop vacuum can become an excellent tool to unclog your drains. First, change the setting for vacuuming liquids. Cover the vent up to prevent making a mess. Seal the drain as tight as you can, perhaps repurposing an old plunger head. Turn the vacuum on its highest setting. This can make it powerful enough to suck the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag.
While mixing other cleaning agents like ammonia and bleach can generate toxic fumes and should be avoided, the following baking soda mixtures are completely safe. They will, instead, make a drain cleaner that will eat through clogs — and not through your pipes.
You can use baking soda in three ways:
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Baking soda and salt
- Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Dish Detergent and Hot Water
Dish detergent is another safe solution — particularly if you’re dealing with greasy gunk. If the drain in your kitchen is clogged, this is an effective option. This is because dish detergent is specifically designed to deal with grease and oil and can easily break down oily substances. Pour a quarter of a cup of dish detergent into the drain, followed by hot water. Next, use a plunger or snake to dislodge the clog.
This method is also an effective solution for clogged toilets. It can be used to prevent clogs as well if done once every week.
Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydroxide)
Unlike baking soda mixtures, caustic soda can cause severe chemical burns. Before you use it to unclog your drain, you need to arm yourself with rubber gloves and eye protection. First, place 2.8 liters of cold water into a bucket, then pour in three cups of caustic soda, and stir it. When it starts to heat up and fizz, pour it into the drain. Wait for at least 20 minutes, then pour boiling water into the drain. Do this one more time if the clog remains.
These household tricks should help you clear minor clogs in no time. If you’ve successfully removed the clog, your next step is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Preventing drain blockage should be a priority. This way, you can avoid the inconvenience of even the smallest clogs and save money on repairs.
However, there are times when the best of one’s efforts will yield no results. If this is the case, the blockage in your drains may be worse than expected. Don’t worry. It can be fixed. Contact CPR24 Restoration to unclog your drains.
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