Tips For Fixing Clogged Drains
Everyone has experienced a clogged drain. Whether it’s a sink that doesn’t drain or a clogged toilet, clogged drains are a regular occurrence. And while most of these clogs are easily fixed with a blast of hot water or a plunger, some drain blockages are deeper in the pipe and virtually impossible to fix without professional help. Below are a couple of methods professionals use to get rid of deep-seated drain blockages and a DIY tip for smaller clogs.
The Snaking Method
A common method plumbers will use to unclog a drain is snaking. This method is quite similar to shoving a twisted-up hanger down the drain to unclog it, as some homeowners try.
A drain snake is usually made from more sturdy materials that are still bendable to get down into the drain. Drain snakes can come in different shapes and sizes, with some of them even being motorized so they’ll get down into the drain more easily. The motorized snakes are usually designed so they’ll attach to a power tool like a drill.
To use the snake, the drain cover needs to be removed. After the clog is removed, the plumber will flush water down the drain to ensure it’s working properly before putting the drain cover back on.
Using the snaking method by oneself can be dangerous for several reasons. Using a cheap hanger could result in the hanger breaking off in the drain, causing more problems. This is also true of cheap snake products that aren’t built to withstand tension. Plumbers usually have snakes made of better material.
This is an extremely effective method to remove deep-seated clogs in a draining system. To do this, plumbers will blast large amounts of water through the drains.
The high pressure and the amount of water creates enough force that the water will push whatever is clogging the pipes right through into the main draining system, freeing any clogs. Getting the right of pressure is virtually impossible without a machine made specifically for such a purpose.
While this method is effective, it can also be dangerous. Calling a professional to handle it is always for the best.
The DIY Method
Some unclogging methods use everyday products homeowners can try to take care of the blockage temporarily. The best-known method is using vinegar and baking soda. Mixing baking soda with vinegar causes a chemical reaction that will break down materials usually at fault for causing the clog, such as hair or dried grease.
Using hot water to wash the reaction through afterward usually helps to remove more material in the pipe. A good ratio for the mixture is one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. However, while this might clear out a decent amount of the clog, residual material might still be left, making it likely the drain would be clogged again. It’s a good idea to call a professional to clean out the pipe when it’s possible.
About American Eagle Plumbing
With prompt and efficient service, plumbers at American Eagle Plumbing know how to clear a drain. Along with drain repair and garbage disposal repair, their plumbing technicians can also assist with routine maintenance to avoid clogs altogether. Call today for all plumbing needs.