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Remedies for a Clogged Drain

If you find yourself dealing with a clogged toilet, tub, shower, or sink, do not despair. Clogs are relatively easy to repair in many instances. There are a few things you can try before calling in the professionals to do it for you. With a few small measures, you can perhaps save yourself a bit of money in doing so. If the issue is the bathroom toilet, the drain might easily clog.

If the problem is the tub or shower, the drain might very well be clogged with soap residue or small leftover slivers of soap and hair. If the drain issue is in the kitchen, the most common causes for such a clog is soap grease, or other food matter being caught in the drain pipe. All of these issues are fixable. Check out some of these simple fix it tips to get started.

Solution #1: Plunger

Plungers can help you create the right level of pressure to clear a clog in the bathroom or kitchen. Of course, the most common place a person would use a plunger is in the bathroom toilet, but it can make a quick clog-clearing endeavor in your kitchen sink or bathtub too. If the plunger is going to work at all there has to be water in the sink or tub. Usually with a clog, having water is not an issue: If you are dealing with a toilet or small sink, you need to have the bowl or basin(s) half full with water.

If you are working on the tub, five inches of water should be sufficient. You have to take up the plunger and put it over the drain and force the plunger downer repeatedly for a period of about 60 seconds. If you see the water flow out of whatever you are plunging, you have succeeded in clearing the clog. If the clog only starts to drain a little bit, you will need to plunge the sink, tub, or toilet again to clear it of the clog. Once you finish with the plunger, clean it and sanitize it.

Solution #2: Trap Clean Out

If there is a clog at the kitchen or bathroom sink, one of the easiest methods for clearing it is to access the trap. Beneath the kitchen sink, you can see the trap instantly: It is the pipe that is U-Shaped that connects the drain to the rest of the drainpipe: This is a common location for undesirable clogs. You will require an empty pail to capture and water that might come out when you do remove the trap.

Slide the bucket under the trap before its removal. At the u bend in the pipe, there may be a clean out plug – check to see if this is true of your system. If you find a plug, unplug it and allow whatever is in the trap to drain out into the bucket. You can use a cut, reshaped wire hanger to make an effort in clearing existing clogs if you have no plunger.

Solution #3: Hit Up The Drain Auger

In the event that you have plunged the sink and you have found no trap underneath the sink, the next step is to make use of a snake. The snake is available at just about any department store and runs about $15 in terms of cost. First, remove the tub screen, sink stopper, or the hair trap. Once you have cleared the drain opening, insert the snake into whatever clogged drain you are working – the unit will move in a clockwise position when it is freeing the clog.

Once you reach the u-bend in the pipe, continue to push past it until you can go no further. When the snaking process works, you can feel the clog give way. Make no effort to break up whatever material is clogging the pipes. Just remove the snake unit slowly as you drag the clog out of your pipes. Continue this process until you clear the clog completely. Long snakes are available for clogs that run deeper into the pipes as well.

Solution #4: Use Boiling Hot Water

If something causing the clog is soluble, then that thing is readily susceptible to heat. Boil up a pot full of water and pour it down the drain. Please note, this is only recommended if you have pipes made of metal. Put just a few cups of the super hot water in the drain: It will help the grease, fats, and oils that might be clogging the drain to dissolve more readily.

Prevention Is The Best Solution

Want to not have to deal with clogs? Then take some extra measures to prevent them. Every so often, pour baking soda and vinegar down the sink drain to keep build up from occurring. Pour any leftover waste soda down the drain to allow the phosphoric acid to work out any materials that might lead to clogs as well. After taking the following measures, if the issue remains, it is time to get a hold of a qualified plumber in your area.

If you are unsure about what to do next or these solutions are just not working for you, call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Ottawa. They will be able to help resolve the issues that you cannot resolve yourself.

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