A clogged drain is one of the most irritating problems you can encounter as a homeowner. If your water is draining slowly, causing unpleasant pooling in your sink, shower, or tub, that means it’s time to clean your drain. It’s not a pleasant task, as the material that clogs drains can often be less than sanitary. But it can be done.
The good news is that this might be an operation you can undertake solo, without calling in the assistance of a professional. There are several steps you can take to help your drains unclog and operate more smoothly. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to unclogging your drains.
Don’t Use Chemicals
Expert plumbers agree—the use of harsh chemicals can cause damage to your plumbing system. Yes, chemical drain cleaners are likely to have a powerful effect on whatever’s causing the clog—but what use is that if they erode your piping and cause leaks elsewhere in the system. You’re just exchanging one problem for another—and the new problem will be significantly harder to remedy. So put those harsh solvents back on the shelf. They aren’t the best solution for a clogged drain.
Different Strategies for Different Drains
Depending on where in your home the clog is, your strategy for unclogging is likely to be different. That’s because different materials tend to go down different drains in the house.
- In the kitchen – hot water and grease-dissolving dish soap can help disintegrate food based clogs in the kitchen sink. You might also mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar and send that down the drain to eat away at your clog.
- Bathroom sinks and tubs – again, hot water is a good solution here. Since hair is a primary cause of clogs in these locations, you can also invest in cheap disposable drain snakes to help you fish out clogs.
- Toilet clogs – you know the solution here! Break out the plunger. You can also try snaking the toilet.
The best strategy is to avoid clogs in the first place, and the best way to do that is to make sure nothing goes down your drains that shouldn’t be there. An example of this is grease, which may easily wash down your kitchen sink when it’s hot but will congeal into a solid as it cools. In the bathroom, make sure such things as hair, cotton swabs, nail clippings, feminine hygiene products, and dental floss are disposed of properly in the garbage can rather than sent down the drain.
If you struggle with frequently clogged drains, or if you’re wrestling with a difficult clog you can’t seem to mitigate, contact the Lakewood drain cleaning professionals. We can help get your plumbing running smoothly again.