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While it is true a blocked drain in your Ottawa home can be a real hassle, you can often handle the clog on your own without the help of a pro. Sometimes clearing a drain takes a few simple steps with some items you already have right in the house. A few inexpensive and affordable tools might also be required.
Understanding the Anatomy of a Drain
Many drains are designed alike. Every drainpipe will feature a curved portion identified as a trap; the trap is a U-shaped piece of pipe you will see under your sink. If you are dealing with the drain on a tub, it is likely a P-shaped piece of pipe and is thusly called the P trap. These curvatures are put in place for deliberately capturing excess water inside of the pipes and to prevent any gases from the sewer from coming up into the pipe work and creating a nasty odor in your home. When used for a long time, the traps can get clogged up and blockages can result Items like soap scum, hair, food particles, and cooking grease can cause clogs to form. If your drain is draining slowly it means you are dealing with a partial blockage. If the drain is completely clogged water will back up and refuse to move.
In order to clear a clog in the bathtub drain you should take a peek into the pipe to see if any clog is visible. In a tub a buildup of body hair and soap scum are the common cause for clogs. If there is no visible blockage in the drain, you can take a coat hanger and cut it to create a hook you can use to reach into the pipe and see if you can pull out a clog. You can also try using needle nose pliers or tweezers in an effort to pull out a small clog in the P trap.
A Simple Tool – The Plunger
If the clog is not visible to you, you can attempt to plunge it. A plunger is the first tool a plumber will turn to when attempting to address any clog. Add water to the sink area or tub and make sure there is enough water to cover the bottom portion of the plunger. Use a rag to plug up any overflow outlet.
Please take note that there are some tubs featuring an overflow plat with the drain stopper attached; in this case, the drain mechanism and overflow plate must be removed before you can plunge the tub successfully. Two screws will hold the overflow plate in place so the removal is simple.
Position the plunger over the drain opening and push down and release the plunger six or seven times. The pressure should allow the clog to clear and free up the drain. If not, repeat the process several times for more difficult clogs. Once you see the water rushing down the drain, you know the clog is cleared. If the water starts to move slowly, then the clog is only cleared partially and you should attempt to plunge it some more.
If you are unable to clear the blockage yourself or just refuse to deal with the hassle, call the Ottawa professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. With years of experience and professional equipment, you can be sure that they are ready to take on your job.