Clogged Drains? Here’s What You Can Do

Common Plumbing Problems, How-To,

Clogged drains are an annoyance, but they can also cause a serious problem with your plumbing that may get worse over time.

If you’re dealing with a clogged drain in your home, there are a few things you can do to remedy the issue.

Read on for some tips and information about how to fix your clogged drain so you can avoid a plumbing catastrophe.

Plunge and Clean

If you have a clogged drain, there’s no need to panic. In many cases, your drain is clogged because excess hair or food has accumulated over time. A simple and quick way to fix this is to use a plunger, then pour a storebought drain cleaner down the drain.

Make sure you use the correct plunger for the sink depending on which drain is clogged. After you use the plunger, check to see if the water is flowing again. Sometimes, all you need is to plunge the clog away.

Once you’ve checked your drain, if it’s still clogged, use a chemical or enzyme-based drain cleaner. Read the packaging carefully to make sure you’re using the appropriate product.

Some drain cleaners work great for mild clogs, but you might need something stronger if your sink, tub, or shower is really backed up.

Consider an enzymatic cleaner if you’re concerned about your health and the environment. For more serious clogs, a chemical drain cleaner might be required. Follow the directions and wait to see if the cleaner works before moving onto another method to clear your drain.

Fixing a Clogged Kitchen Sink

It’s not uncommon for kitchen sinks to become clogged as time goes on. Try to clear the clog by running water and using your garbage disposal to help break up any remaining residue that could be hiding deep in the drain.

If that doesn’t work and you’ve tried the plunger and drain cleaner method, you may need to clean the P-trap. This is an elbow-shaped pipe under your sink. Place a bucket under the P-trap, then remove it to unclog it and reattach it when you’re done.

Another way to clear a clogged kitchen sink is to use a plumber’s snake. This long, thin tool can help to dislodge the clog so you can pull out whatever’s causing the blockage.

If you want to try something faster, mix one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar together. Pour boiling water down the sink, then follow it up with your mixture. This method also works on clogged shower and tub drains, too.

Clear Those Clogs the Easy Way

If you want to know how to deal with clogged drains in your home, try some of these easy tips. A clog can be a nuisance, but you should seek a professional plumber’s help if you have a slow draining sink or clogs that won’t go away.

Use a plunger and drain cleaner first, then move onto other methods if you want to attempt to unclog your drains yourself.

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