14 Oct How to Unclog Almost Any Drain
If you hire a plumber to come to your property for a clogged drain, you could be looking at a minimum service charge of $100. When you know how to manage those pipes using DIY methods and tools, it might not cost anything!
Most pipes get clogged because of hair or congealed fat. That’s why the acids in most commercial clog removers work to create drainage and flushing again. In 15 minutes or less, you can avoid calling the plumber with over-the-counter items.
For more challenging clogs, a toilet snake or a similar tool can reach through the drain to impact the clog. Some items have claws you control at the handle to manually remove items you can’t break apart.
It might even be as simple as running hot water through the drain to melt the fatty deposits.
How to Remove a Clog Manually
If you’ve tried all of those previous methods without success, it is time to open your pipes to see what is happening.
Since most clogs happen underneath a kitchen or bathroom sink, the first step is to determine its location. You can accomplish this task by removing the trap, which is the curved section of the PVC pipe in the drainage route.
The trap prevents sewer gases from entering your home while stopping some foreign objects from entering the wastewater stream.
You’ll see two “wheels” that connect the PVC pipes. Loosen each end equally, trading spin-for-spin to create a balanced outcome. Once the trap isn’t secure, you can typically pull down on it to remove this section.
Before you remove the trap, place a bucket or catch container to prevent water from going everywhere. If fluids pour out, allow the area to stop draining before continuing.
Don’t remove the trap if you’ve already poured an acidic declogging agent into the sink.
Use Suction to Remove a Stubborn Clog
Once you have the trap removed, peer inside the pipe to see if the clog is in there. Don’t place your hand in there because there could be mold, bacteria, and other unwanted skin exposures.
If the clog is there, use a simple tool to prod it loose. Something as simple as a spoon will work.
When the clog is somewhere else, use a flashlight to peer into the other pipes to see if you can locate it. Apply suction to the affected area to get it to dislodge. A standard shop vacuum should be well-suited to that task.
You’ll hear the tone of the vacuum change if it grabs the clog. It might also cause the hose to shake as it goes into the container.
When that option doesn’t work, using a plumbing snake to search for and dislodge the clog. If it is in the area between the sink and the trap, you’ll want to avoid putting your head in that area unless you want an unpleasant surprise!
If you still cannot remove the clog at this stage, it is time to call a local professional.