Plumbing Clogged Drains

By Scott Rodgers

Clogged drains are the most common plumbing issue at homes. But, many a times it is quite simple to fix them. The first thing is to identify where exactly the clog is. Once you know the clog location, you can try out many simple solutions yourself to repair it before calling a plumber.

Many a times, there is a possibility that the clog is near the drain stopper only. So, remove the strainer and clean it properly. Mostly, hair, food particles, sediments, grime etc. get stuck there blocking the flow of water. So, it s highly recommended to clean the drain stopper regularly.

Chemicals are also a solution for clearing clogged drains. You can use baking soda, vinegar and boiling water as a chemical solution for clearing clogs and these are easily available at homes. Put 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the drain and leave it for some time until they dissolve the clog. Then put hot water to check if it is flowing smoothly.

Drain snake or an auger is also an effective way to find and clear clogs. You have to remove the drain stopper, insert the tool into the drain till you find the clog and then you can hook it and break it.

You can also try using a plunger. To make it more effective, apply some petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger. This way you can apply maximum suction force to loosen the clog. Once done, you can put plenty of hot water to see if it is running smoothly.

Tough chemical solutions can dissolve tough clogs. There are various products available in the market which are specifically designed to clear up clogged drains, just be sure to try other options first, since the chemicals involved can be less than healthy for the environment.

If you have good knowledge about the plumbing system, then you can even try out other more complicated methods to fix the issue like dismantling the fixture and then reassembling it again. But if not, then it is better to leave more complicated issues for the experts only otherwise you can end up causing more damage than repair.

Choosing the right plumber for your home is very necessary. So, do some good amount of research, like ask references from your friends and neighbors, search on the internet for good reputed plumbers of your area and only once you are completely satisfied hire one. - 29857

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