How Do I Unclog a Drain?
Clogs can be annoying and frustrating as they can make cleaning more difficult. If you have problems with your kitchen or bathtub draining too slowly, you may want to address the issue as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are many ways you can unclog the drain without calling a plumber. There’s no guarantee that the method you choose will work. That’s why starting with the most gentle solution is best to avoid damaging your drain. Here are some tips to help you unclog a slow draining sink.
Check for Obstructions
Assess the drain and check if you can easily remove any visible obstructions in your pipes. The pesky clog may be under the foot plug. You can start your evaluation by removing the foot plug or drain cap and inspecting the drain pipe. Use a flashlight to see clearly and look for possible obstructions. If the clog is easily visible, you can remove it using your hands or any other household item, like a paper clip.
Pour Boiling Water
For a severely blocked drain, you can boil several jugs of water and pour them directly into the drain. This method is an excellent option for dissolving or softening the buildup that could be causing the clog, ultimately dislodging it. You can repeat the process several times depending on the level of clog.
Use a Drain Snake
A drain snake or plumbing snake is a great tool for unclogging drains in your home. It’s a retractable device that extends down your drain and can pull out any potential clogs. It works best in clogged shower drains.
Use a Plunger
Plungers are great for blocked kitchen sinks and toilets. However, very few people use a plunger to unclog a kitchen sink. Plunge it as you would in a toilet until the water starts to drain. If you have used hot water or drain cleaner, don’t use a plunger. It’s also important to know that the technique won’t work very well with two drains.
Use a Wire
Food particles, skin, hair, and dirt particles can easily form a layer of the clog as they bind to the soap forming a scum that accumulates in your drain walls, causing the slow drain. A simple wire can effectively remove and dislodge the gunk in your drain. Avoid pushing the wire down and focus on stirring or gently prodding to remove or unhook the material.
Use a Dish Detergent, Baking Soda and Vinegar
Sometimes all your drain needs is a simple wash to break down the residue and lubricate the drain. You can pour a cup of dish detergent and boiling water, or baking soda and vinegar. You can also use all of them at different intervals depending on the level of clog. Be sure to give the mixture enough time to work before pouring clean water.
Call a Professional
If all these methods don’t work, it’s best to call a professional to fix the issue. Remember, not every clog can be fixed with a home remedy. Professional plumbers have the tools, skills, and experience to unclog any drain fast and efficiently.
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