Plumbing Tips for Home Owners – Clearing Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are inevitable for any plumbing system. Clogged drains are always an inconvenience, but they can often be a health hazard as well. At our business we’re always ready and able to repair your clogged drains, but in some cases, you may be able to handle the repair yourself.

Drain Clog Clearing Tips for DIY Residents

Different drains require different solutions for clogs. Here are the 3 major drains and how to unclog them:

Kitchen and Bathroom Sink Clog: Most sink clogs can be cleared with a plunger. However, the clog may be built up around the stopper, in which case simply removing the stopper and cleaning it could solve the problem. If not, fill the sink part way with water and begin plunging.
Kitchen sink clogs are most often caused by grease. Boiling water can be poured down a sink with metal pipes to remove grease, but could damage PVC pipe. For PVC pipe try pouring vinegar and baking soda down the drain to eliminate grease.

Bathtub drain clog: Bathtub drains most often clog slowly from an accumulation of hair. The first thing to try would be removing the stopper or screen and clean it thoroughly. If that doesn’t do the trick, try using a Zip-It tool which can be purchased at a hardware store for around $3.

Toilet clog: In some cases a plunger will provide enough strength to unclog a toilet. If your toilet clog requires more than a plunger we recommend calling a pro to have one of our professionals complete the repair.
We must note here that harsh, chemical based solutions are not recommended for any drain clog repair. They are expensive and inefficient and can do damage to your pipes, as well as the environment.

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