Ahhh, the frustration of a clog. They typically happen at the most inopportune time, like when you have company. Extra people in the house inevitably cause extra stress on your plumbing system. Not all clogs require a call to your plumber, though. Following are some tips you can try before calling in the professionals:
- Clogged Bathroom Sink or Tub Drain-
- Remove the drain cover by unscrewing it. Using your fingers or needle nose pliers remove as much debris as you can, typically you’ll find a combination of hair, soap residue, and some unrecognizable gunk.
- If that tactic does not seem to get your sink flowing again, then you can try using an inexpensive plastic contraption called a “Zip-It” tool. It is a long, flexible plastic “stick” that has barbs on it to catch hair and debris when you pull it out of the drain.
- The next option for unstopping a clogged bathroom sink or tub drain is to use a plunger with a flat base to get things flowing again.
- For your sink drain, if those methods don’t work, then you can remove the “U” shaped pipe, called a “P-trap”, from underneath the sink and attempt to clear the clog. Be sure to put a bucket or bowl underneath the “U” before you take it apart to catch any residual water.
- If none of the previous suggestions clears your clog, it may be further down the line. You can try buying or renting an auger or “snake” to clear the line. Properly running a “snake” does take some skill, so, unless you are familiar with the process, we suggest that you give us a call so that we can get one of our professionals out to get your drain flowing again.
- Clogged Toilet-
- The best option for a clogged toilet is the handy-dandy plunger. A plunger with a round base will work best on a toilet. Unless you have a little one flushing toys down the toilet, the plunger will most likely remedy your toilet clog.
- A “snake” is the next option for unclogging a toilet. Again, running the “snake” does take some skill and there is the possibility of breaking your toilet if it is not done properly.
- Kitchen Sink-
- Inspect the drain to make sure that there is no visible debris, if so, manually remove it.
- Next, try using a plunger with a flat base to get things flowing again. Be sure to plug off the adjoining sink when you plunge because the pipes underneath join together.
- If those methods don’t work, then you can remove the “U” shaped pipe, called a “P-trap”, from underneath the sink and attempt to clear the clog. Be sure to put a bucket or bowl underneath the “U” before you take it apart to catch any residual water.
If you have more than one drain that is draining slowly, it is most likely a clog in or problem with your main sewer line, and you should call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253. We, as most professional plumbers, strongly discourage the use of drain cleaning products! They are not only dangerous for the environment, but they can cause costly damage to your plumbing.
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