It might not be necessary to call a plumber if you fix a clogged drain before it gets too bad. All you need is a bit of determination and a few tools. However, if you are unable to fix the problem after a few tries, it’s in your best interest to bring a plumber in. Using too much force can cause permanent damage to a pipe or fixture.
Whether the clogged drain is in the bathroom or kitchen, here are some tips dealing with it.
- Know when to use a plunger. Some clogs will require them and some will not. Plungers are used whenever a vacuum of sorts needs to be created. If the clog is in the kitchen sink, you need to clamp off the dishwasher hose and create a seal over the drain opening in the other basin. If the toilet is clogged, use a plunger. Be gentle with the very first plunge. When the air is forced out, begin plunging vigorously to maintain the seal. There should be at least a few inches of water in the bowl so that the plunger stays covered.
- You can always try the baking soda/vinegar remedy, although it doesn’t work for everyone. First, you will need approximately half a cup of baking soda. Pour down the drain, and then carefully pour in a cup of vinegar. It’s recommended that you use white vinegar. The drain should be covered for several minutes, before being flushed with a large amount of boiling water.
- If the bathtub drain is stopped up, wait approximately 45 minutes or so after pouring down the baking soda and vinegar, then place the stopper and fill the tub full of water. When the tub is full, remove the stopper. The pressure of the 50+ gallons of water should be enough to force the debris down that has been loosened by the baking soda and vinegar.
- You can always try the drain snake. This low-tech piece of equipment can work wonders. It’s a long, thin and flexible metal rope with a spiral piece of metal at the end. There are videos online that show how to use it properly.
- There is also the “bent wire hanger” method of pulling out debris from the sink drain. It seems simple, yet it can be very effective. Just take a wire clothes hanger, straighten it out, and bend one end to create a hook. You can stick the hanger down to “fish” out debris, such as gunk and hair. Try to pull it out rather than push it down. If you are able to pull it up, throw it away. Run hot water down the clean drain, and it should clear things up.
- Sometimes boiling water can break up drain clogging. This is the easiest and quickest method. Use a tea kettle or stove to boil up a bunch of water. Pour it down the clogged drain in three intervals. Wait several seconds for the hot water to do its job between each pour.
If none of these methods work, and you’re still stuck with a clogged drain, it’s time to call experts from Waterman.