Before a drain fully clogs you can usually see some warning signs. These signs include the sink or tub taking a little longer to drain as well as unpleasant smells coming from the drains. If you are starting to see these signs you should get things fixed as soon as possible. Waiting too long will result in a fully clogged drain that can potentially burst a pipe, leaving you with an even bigger problem. Here are some ways you can try to unclog your drains before it’s necessary to call a professional to come to assist you.
Use a Bent Wire Hanger
This tactic has been used for years and years to try to unclog drains. Take a wire hanger and straighten it out fully. Then, take one end and bend it to create a hook. Fish the wire through the drain to try to get out hair or whatever else may be in there causing the clog. Remove as much as you can and then run hot water down the drain.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
Using baking soda & vinegar is another old method used for unclogging drains. Mix an equal amount of baking soda and vinegar and pour it down the clogged drain. The fizz that the baking soda and vinegar create will remove what is clogging the drain. It is recommended to keep in sitting in the drain for a couple of hours or even overnight. Lastly, pour hot water down the drain to rinse it.
With this method, simply boil water and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain. It’s important to not pour the water down extremely fast because you need to give it time to work. The boiling water will melt down and get rid of all the gunk in your drain.
Clean The Pipe
Cleaning the pipe yourself is one of the best ways to unclog a drain. Start with putting an empty bucket underneath the pipe so that if things spill out they will not get all over the floor. Then, loosen the nuts at each end of the pipe. Take the pipe out and remove all the gunk and grime that is stuck in there. If your pipe is a little longer, use a coat hanger or anything you have to assist you in fishing out the grime. When everything has been removed, rinse it with hot or boiling water to get anything that’s left.
Contact Elite Plumbing & Heating
If after trying these tactics your drain seems to still be clogging, it is best to leave the job to professionals. Elite Plumbing and Heating has many years of experience and can get the job done in no time! Contact us today by filling out a contact form or giving us a call!