Home Hacks

How To Unclog A Drain

It seems that repairs are needed in our homes at the most inopportune and inconvenient of times.  A perfect example is the dreaded clogged drain that chooses to happen during a family get-together, such as a holiday dinner.  Panic can often quickly set in as we begin to wonder how we are going to solve the problem.

The knee-jerk response is to call a plumber—but it can be somewhat expensive even on those days that are not holidays.  The good news is with most clogged drains you can probably take care of the situation yourself.

Clogged Vs. Slow To Drain

If you find that your drain is not entirely clogged but is slow to drain, you will want to try using a plunger.  Placing the plunger over the drain, give it a few pumps.  If your drain is in a double sink, make sure to plug up one side so that you will achieve the required suction.  In the majority of cases, drains are quickly unclogged by using this method.

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Snake It!

If your clog is a little more than persistent, you may want to choose to use a drain snake.  The recommended length for a snake is approximately ten feet long.  A snake is a thin wire that is put down the drain, then once in position, is spun around to break up and loosen the clog.  Make sure after the clog releases that you flush the drain with water.

Bring In The Big Guns

If the above two options do not seem to be working out, it is time to bring in the big guns—a drain cleaner.  Most drain cleaners are safe for use in plumbing pipes and are offered in either acids or bases.  The bases are the most commonly used types of cleaners, as they have to come into contact with water to react.  When using a drain cleaner, you will need to give the product time to work, so letting it sit undisturbed will yield the best results.