Are you tired of dealing with clogged drains at your home? Whether it’s a sink or shower drain that is clogged, the fact remains that this can be a huge annoyance. Fortunately, there are some simple techniques you can try to unclog the drains yourself without having to deal with the hassle of hiring a plumber.
Common Causes of Drain Clogs
Often times, it is best to first determine what is causing the drain clog in the first place, if at all possible. If you have a clogged shower drain, then hair is most likely the culprit. Sink drains are more often clogged with food and other particles, though bathroom sink drains can be clogged by hair as well. If you are not sure what the cause is, you may consider asking other members of the household if they accidentally dropped anything down the drain that may have caused the clog in the first place.
Drain snaking is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways of unclogging a drain. This method is ideal for drains that are mostly clogged by hair. A drain snake can be purchased at most grocery stores and home improvement or hardware stores. Essentially, the snake is a long tube that may have prongs or fibers attached to it down its length. When this long, flexible tube is inserted down the drain, the prongs catch the hair so that when you pull it back up, the hair comes out with it. It is often necessary to remove the drain cover prior to snaking a drain. Furthermore, the snake may need to be placed down into the drain pipes several times before the clog will be removed, depending on the amount of debris involved.
Liquid and Foam Products
Another often effective method of unclogging a drain is to pour a drain cleaning solution down the pipes themselves. When doing this, however, home owners must be careful. It is wise to know what kinds of pipes your home has–metal or plastic–before using drain cleaner. After all, these chemicals tend to be very strong and can literally eat through some materials. Therefore, if you have plastic pipes, you will want to make sure that the cleaner you buy is safe on plastic; if this is the case, it will often be listed on the label.
Once you have the right drain cleaner, you typically pour it down your drain, let it sit from anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and then flush it down with some hot water. This dissolved the debris causing the clog and leaves your pipes clean once again.
Wet and Dry Vacuums
If you have a vacuum that is suitable for use with liquids, consider using it to unclog your drain. If the vacuum is powerful enough, you can actually suction the head to the drain, turn it on full blast, and suck the clog right out of the pipes. Of course, you will need to create a very tight seal between the vacuum and the drain itself. You will also need to have a very powerful suction vacuum. This method does not always work, but it is worth a try.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can go about unclogging your drain, all of which are less expensive than hiring a plumber. Be sure to give these a try and see what works for you.
Lena Carson is an interior designer and writer from Tucson, Arizona. She loves helping people achieve their interior design and home repair visions.