Tips on Unclogging Your Drains

One of the most frustrating experiences every homeowner will have to face is a clogged drain. Unfortunately at some point, all plumbing systems will get Plumbing Industry Problems a clog. In most cases, with the right tools and knowledge, you can clear a clogged drain yourself. Below are a number of tips to unclogging your drain:
1. When you first discover a clogged drain, you can try to plunge it. All that you need is a good plunger. Plungers are used to remove clogs from not only sinks, but also toilets and bathtub drains. Plungers are effective at removing clogs that are not deep in the plumbing system. Fill the sink with enough water to cover head of plunger. You then just have to cover the drain with the plunger and repeatedly push fast on it to loosen and push the clog through. The water pressure should push the clog through. Try plunging several times. To create a better seal, you can cover the edges of the plunger head with petroleum jelly.
2. If a clogged drain is only mild, sometimes a homemade clog removal recipe will work. The recipe for a homemade drain cleaner includes pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and then a 1/2 cup of vinegar. A chemical reaction will occur causing foamy bubbling. You should let it sit for a few hours or overnight and then run hot water through the pipes.
3. If plunging the drains or using the homemade recipe is unsuccessful, you can use a chemical drain cleaner. There are a number of drain cleaners on the market. To use it, just pour the amount indicated on the directions into the drain and let it sit for the specified amount of time. Then, run hot water through the drain to see if the clog has been broken up. Remember, chemical cleaners are caustic so if the clog is deep in the plumbing system, you should not use it.
4. If your clog is deeper in the plumbing system, you can use a plumbing ‘snake’ to remove the clog. The snake is a long flexible steel cable with a grip on the end. A 7 meter snake is normally used for home plumbing systems. You just slide the snake through the pipes until you reach the clog. Urbanclap Plumber Chennai You can then grab the clog and move it around and then pull it out. If you are unable to find the clog, you can try running the snake through the branch pipe to locate it. If you still cannot find the clog, you will likely have to call a plumber as the blockage may be deep in the sewer line.
No matter what method you use to clear the drain, you should also remove and clean the drain trap with hot soapy water and a wire brush. Although a clogged drain can be very annoying, most of the time, a homeowner can remove a clog on their own. However, if all attempts result in failure to remove the clog, you will likely require the services of a professional plumber.

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