Clogs Got You Down?
While there are some plumbing problems that may be too big for a DIY project, there are many others that can easily be fixed without calling the professionals. The key to fixing plumbing issues yourself is knowing the problems that can occur and then taking steps to fix the issue. In most cases you can probably get by with a quick fix and not have to worry with the problem again. Use the following guide to know how to treat some of the most common clogs that occur in a home.
Handling clogs in the proper manner can mean the difference between a properly running drain and a flooded home. Use the following unclogging methods that will produce a smoothly running drain once again.
Your ordinary bathroom plunger should be your first line of defense when it comes to unclogging drains. You need to ensure you choose a plunger that has a suction cup that is large enough to completely cover the drain and create an air tight seal. Once you have covered the drain you need to fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover the suction cup completely. If necessary you may want to coat the rim of the suction cup with petroleum jelly. Make sure you have sealed the other overflow drains or other water outlets so that you can create a vacuum in the sink. Then pump the plunger 15 to 20 times vigorously in order to free the offending clog. Sometimes this will take several tries to be successful.
If the plunger method does not make your drain flow freely, you may need to move on to a plumber snake. The snake is designed to actually grab and break up the clog. Simply insert the plumbing snake into the clogged drain until you feel the clog. Begin twisting it around and moving it up and down until the clog is successfully broken up. Once the plumbing snake process is complete you should then rinse the drain with cold water.
If you experience clogged drains often you may want to routinely clean the pipes when store bought chemical cleaners or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. You should always read the labels to ensure that the cleaner you choose does not contain chlorine bleach as this can have damaging effects on your entire septic system. Additionally, if you opt to use these products you should ensure the area is well-ventilated, as the fumes can be quite powerful. However, in some cases, such as multiple clogged drains you may need the services of your local Roto-Rooter. This is necessary if the main line needs to be cleaned or if the problem has caused excessive flooding in your home.