Unclogging a drain

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Clogged drains is a common problem, it can happen to the best of us if we are not careful. This is why we have to keep them as clear as possible so as not to accumulate build up over time.

Things like soap and aesthetic products can end up falling to the bottom of the pipe and remain stuck causing a reduced flow. If you don't have any experience in this area then don't hesitate to give us a call.

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Clog Prevention Tips

  • Do not put cooking oils down the drain after cooking. At high tempuratures the oils are fluid and flow, however once poured down the drain they cool and become much more dense and sink which will not let the water carry it away.

  • Be sure to scrape away food bits left on your dinner plates before they reach the sink. Food residue can build up over time eventually clogging your sink. There are drain traps for kitchen sinks that will serve you well.

  • As mentioned above hair traps for bathroom drains can save a lot of headaches down the road. These little drain covers will catch any free flowing hair before it disappears down the drain of your sink or shower building up over time. They are quick to remove and easy to clean.

  • New wipes or also baby wipes that have come to the market are labelled as flushable however they can get caught in pipes that are less than ideal.

  • Tissues like Kleenex and paper towels were not designed for toilets and should be tossed in the garbage rather than down the toilet drain.


Ways to Unclog a Drain

PLUNGER

Clogs that have not hardened and are not far into the system can often be cleared using a plunger.

1. Remove the strainer from the drain.
2. Clean it to make sure that it was not a dirty strainer clogging the drain.
3. To unclog a drain using a plunger, your first need a quality plunger that you can purchase at any Hardware store.
4. Fill the sink with water so that when you placed the head of the plunger over the drain, it will be submerged in the water.
5. Place the head of the plunger over the drain, so it completely covered the hole.
6. Manually plunge the sink quickly and with great force. The goal is to create enough water pressure to push the clog through. You should plunge repeatedly.

PLUMBING SNAKE

1.The plumbing snake is a long flexible cable with an auger head on one end. Feed the snake through the drain with the snake head going into the drain first. You need to keep repositioning the grip within a couple of inches of the pipe entry way as you feed the snake into the drain. Rotate the snake clockwise as you slide it through the pipe.

2. Keep feeding the snake through the pipe until you hit the clog.

3. Once you have reached the clog, reposition the snake head. It all depends on the toughness and the size of the obstruction, and you may have to grab at the clog and pull it to break it up. Rotate the head of the snake until you can feel it grasp on to the clog. Once you feel a good hold of the clog, withdraw the snake out of the drain bringing the clump of matter with you.

BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR MIXTURE

If the drain clog is not that serious, you can often use a mixture of a ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. It will bubble up and start to break up the clog. You should let it sit overnight before running hot water through the pipes. There are also chemical drain cleaners that you can use to break up the clog. It is crucial to follow the directions because these chemical drain cleaners are corrosive and if they sit too long in the pipes they could cause damage. Many plumbing services now recommend environmentally-friendly drain cleaners as they are biodegradable and safe for drains.

REMOVE THE PIPES (Worst Case)

If the above steps do not work and you are confident about working with pipes, you can try removing the drain pipe under the sink to see if you can reach the clog. You will need a wrench and a bucket to collect any water that runs out. Place a bucket under the pipe to catch any water comes out. You can make use of a bent metal hanger to loosen the clog if it's in the pipe, . Run the pipe through with hot water to clean out the remaining pieces once you have removed the clog. When reattaching the pipe, make sure the connection is tight and secure to avoid leaks.