If your drain has recently gotten clogged, it is important to think clearly and not do take any actions that could make the situation worse. While having a plumber at the ready is always a good thing, there are a few step you can try to unclog your drain. Here are 4 simple steps to try the next time you get a clogged drain.
Tried, tested, and true, the plunger always is, and always should be, the first step in taking care of a clogged drain. Start by filling the sink partially with water, a little less than a quarter of the way full. If you have a double sink, you need to block the other drain with a cloth or towel. Then commence to plunge over the drain, up and down rapidly, until the water in the sink begins to drain. If it does, it was just a small obstruction and your sink is as good as new.
This age-old method of handling a clogged drain is a common household solution. Use a bucket to empty all the water from the sink. Next, pour approximately one cup of baking soda down the drain. Use a wooden spoon or spatula handle to help get the baking soda down the drain. Then, pour a cup of vinegar down the sink and plug the top of with a stopper to force the mixture down. The solution works much like a grade school volcano science project as the mixture will foam downwards into the pipes and force out the obstruction. Let the mixture do its thing for five minutes and then proceed by running warm water down the drain. If it is still clogged, try four cups of boiling water. If the drain remains clogged, try the following step.
This method is by far the most difficult and shouldn’t be attempted by an amateur. Using a bucket to catch the water, one would detach the trap or J-joint underneath the sink connecting the sink to the horizontal pipe. Afterwards remove the horizontal pipe from the wall and use the cable auger to slide down the stub pipe. Slowly push the cable down by spinning the crank clockwise. Once you catch the clog, spin counter clockwise to retrieve the cable, and hopefully the obstruction as well. This should unblock your clogged drain, if not we will need to pull out the big guns.
When all else fails, it is always best to contact an expert. A professional will have all the training and tools necessary to unclog your drain. If you continue trying to unclogged drain with other methods, most likely that will only lead to disastrous results. At Home Service Deals we provide highly trained professionals who are local in your area. This means that you won’t have to wait long to get your life back on track. If you’re dealing with a clogged drain contact us at (888) 619-4656