How to Unblock Your Clogged Drains

Let’s face it. Having a clogged drain – regardless of which drain it is – is not a pleasant experience. Not only do you have to deal with the nuisance of standing water or other nasty results of a clogged drain, but you also have to handle unclogging it.

Depending on how severe the clog is you might be able to clear the drain on your own. However, if the drain is clogged badly, it’s best to get a certified plumber into the mix.

Read on for some DYI solutions to fixing your clogged drain.

1. Use the Plunger

If you’re trying to unclog a drain on your own, your first move should be to bring in a plunger. Fill the sink partially with water, and then plunge the drain up and down rapidly until the water begins to drain. Contrary to what most people believe, the pulling back action that draws water back into the sink is the more effective of the motions that helps clear the drain. If you have a double sink, you’ll have to block the other drain with a cloth or towel.

If plunging worked, the clog was small and you shouldn’t experience any further issues.

2. Use Tried & True Remedies

If the plunger didn’t work, you can turn to some tried and true remedies such as baking soda and vinegar or products such as Drano®.

Store bought products like Drano include specific instructions on the bottle that you can follow. If you’re going to use baking soda and vinegar, stuff a cup of baking soda down the drain first. Then, pour a cup of vinegar down and stop the drain to force the concoction down. Baking soda and vinegar will foam and should clear the pipes.

It is not recommended that homeowners use industrial strength drain cleaners. Most of these are powerful acids that can damage fixtures and may cause injury to you or the plumber you may call. In extreme circumstances, they may even cause an explosion if used improperly.

3. Use a Drain Snake

If you’re an experienced handyman, you should be able to effectively attempt to clear the clog with a hand-operated or drill-operated snake. However, if you wouldn’t consider yourself a handyman, it might be time to bring in a professional.

To use a drain snake under a sink, you have to use a bucket to catch the water when the J-joint or P-trap is detached. After the horizontal pipe is removed, the snake slides down the pipe by spinning the crank clockwise. Once the clog has been cleared, simply work the snake back out of the drain.

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