Virtually every homeowner has dealt with a clogged drain at some point. While the worst blockages will often require a plumber to remove them, there are several drain cleaning techniques you can try at home before you call a professional. Here are three DIY methods for removing stubborn drain clogs.
A plunger is the most basic tool for unclogging drains, and almost every homeowner has at least one. Depending on the location of the drain clog, you will need to make sure you are using the right type of plunger. Simple cup-shaped plungers are designed for unclogging sink and bathtub drains. Flange plungers have a cylindrical piece of rubber that juts out of the bottom of the cup, designed to help them form a better seal when removing toilet clogs.
The most efficient way to remove a clog with a plunger is to use the plunger in short bursts, rather than prolonged sessions. Plunge the drain rapidly for two to three seconds, remove the plunger and run water to check how quickly it drains, and repeat until the clog is removed.
Many times, a professional plumber will remove a clog successfully using a drain snake. Drain snakes can be utilized by the homeowner almost as effectively as by a professional, and they are affordable to purchase for yourself.
Drain snakes consist of a long, coiled wire that is inserted into the drain, and a crank handle that is used to rotate the wire. Turn the handle continuously as you run it into the drain pipe. You will feel some resistance as the wire reaches the clog. Continue to turn the handle firmly and apply downward pressure until the resistance stops. When you pull the wire back out of the drain, the clog should come with it.
Wet/dry shop vacuums can be used to dislodge tougher clogs when manual techniques are ineffective. Set the vacuum to liquid mode, and cover the vent to prevent sludge from your drain from spewing out. Fit the end of the hose as tightly as possible over the drain opening and run your vacuum on high for a few seconds at a time. Run water between sessions to check if the clog has been removed.
DIY drain clog removal is not expensive or difficult if you have the right tools for the job. Use these tips to keep your drains as clear as possible and save professional service for the worst clogs. Contact a plumber, like Walters Environmental Services, for more help.Share
27 February 2017
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