There are several simple ways to fix a clogged drain without the need of a professional plumber. Here are a few methods you can try.
How to Fix a Clogged Drain:
- Plunger: A plunger creates suction that can dislodge the clog, allowing water to flow through the drain again. Plunge the drain a few times, and if the water starts to drain, you have successfully unclogged the drain. However, if the plunger is not working, you can try using a toilet auger to help remove the clog. A toilet auger is a long, flexible rod with a curved end that can be inserted into the drain and used to break up and remove clogs.
- Boiling water: If the clog is located in the kitchen sink, you can also try pouring boiling water down the drain. The hot water can help melt grease or other debris that may be causing the blockage. This method is particularly useful for kitchen sinks, as grease can often be the cause of a clog.
Baking soda and vinegar: Another effective method is to make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar in a measuring cup, then pour it down the drain. The mixture will bubble and fizz, which can help break down the clog. After about 10-15 minutes, flush the drain with hot water.
- Manual removal: A bent wire hanger can also be used to manually remove the clog. Straighten out the hanger and bend one end to form a hook. Carefully insert the hook into the drain and try to pull out any debris or clogs that you can reach. Be sure to wear gloves and be cautious when using this method, as the debris can be unsanitary.
- Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain: Grease and oil can harden and cause clogs over time. Instead, pour used cooking oil into a container, let it cool and dispose it properly.
- Use a drain snake: A drain snake, also known as a plumber’s snake, is a long, flexible rod that can be inserted into the drain to break up and remove clogs. Drain snakes come in different sizes and can be rented or purchased at most hardware stores. They can be used on sinks, toilets, and shower drains to clear clogs.
- Using a plunger on the toilet: To unclog a toilet, you can use a plunger. Make sure the plunger is completely submerged in water and then push down and pull up quickly. Repeat this process several times until the water starts to drain.
- Use a toilet auger: A toilet auger is a long, flexible rod with a curved end that can be inserted into the toilet and used to break up and remove clogs. If a plunger is not working, a toilet auger may be able to reach the clog and remove it.
It’s important to note that some clogs can be caused by issues beyond the reach of simple solutions and may require the expertise of a plumber. If you’ve tried several methods and the clog persists, it’s best to call a plumber who will have the tools and expertise to clear the clog and ensure that the drain is functioning properly.
By following these simple steps, you can help prevent clogs and keep your drains running smoothly. However, if you’re having trouble with the flow of your drains, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always available to help fix a clogged drain. We’re proud of our reputation as top rated local plumbers. This is what we do. Call us anytime, even on weekends and holidays, at 626.448.6455