One problem that most homeowners encounter at some point is a clogged drain. It doesn’t matter if it’s your sink, tub, toilet or shower, when the drain is clogged or running slow, it can definitely be a nuisance. Fortunately, with a little plumbing knowledge, you can get that drain back to running free.
Your first attempt at clearing the drain should be to simply use a plunger. Often times you’ll be able to dislodge whatever is clogging the drain and leave it running free again. If this doesn’t’ work, there are commercial products on the market that can help eliminate the clog by disintegrating organic matter, such as a buildup of hair, oils and other debris that might be at the root of the clog. Unfortunately, these caustic chemicals are not good for the environment and can be dangerous for anyone who needs to work on the drain.
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The most effective way to clear a drain that can’t be fixed with a plunger is to get yourself a simple home drain snake. This little device has a flexible metal cable that you insert into the drain. Feed the cable into the drain until you reach resistance. At this point, all you need to do is twist the cable and the auger at the end should be able to grab whatever is clogging the drain. When the cable is removed, so is the obstruction.
When attempting to use a home drain snake to clear a clogged drain, be sure to prepare for the job. You’ll need the snake that is right for the job. If you’re clearing a toilet drain, the cable will have a protective cover that will help eliminate the worry of scratching the porcelain. This type of drain snake is known as a closet auger and is specifically designed to handle the twists and turns it’ll need to navigate for your toilet. You’ll also want a bucket or something you can use to place the debris that is brought up by the snake. A good pair of work gloves will protect our hands and a few simple household tools, such as a screwdriver to remove the drain or overflow cover and maybe a pair of pliers and you’ll be all set.
For More Serious Clogged Drains, Be Sure To Contact A Professional
After clearing the obstruction, you should run plenty of water through the drain to help wash away any debris that was left behind. If you are unable to clear your drain using these methods, it’s time to call in a professional plumber who will have a longer snake that will be able to reach farther than your home model.
Fortunately, Robinson Plumbing offers a wide variety of services for all of your plumbing needs, including clearing your clogged drains. Our highly-trained, professional, and courteous staff is available 24 hours a day.