Watching dirty water getting collected in the sink is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to experience. However, you will likely have to deal with clogged pipes one time or another. Your first thought might be to call a plumber and let them unclog the pipe. But there is another way to solve this problem (one that is far cheaper than hiring a plumber!).
We are talking about doing it yourself (DIY). Unclogging a clogged drain is a fairly easy procedure that can be managed on your own. All you have to do is apply these easy-to-follow DIY drain cleaning tips to get your pipes working again.
Troubleshooting Clogged Drains
Most drains clog because of the junk that accumulates on the wall of the pipes. It especially happens with bathroom drains which come in contact with substances like dirt, skin flakes, hair bands, soap scum, and such.
How To Unclog A Drain?
● To troubleshoot the problem, start removing the small amount of gunk from the drain stopper that can be pulled off with hands.
● Now use a plunger to block the overflowing drain.
● Finally, remove the drain’s elbow joint and clean it thoroughly.
Troubleshooting Clogged Toilets
Clogs in toilets usually occur when undissolvable items are flushed down the toilets. This includes things such as sanitary napkins, dental floss, and diaper and face wipes.
How To Unclog A Toilet?
● Pick a plunger and shoot jets of water to clear the drain’s passage.
● Now retrieve or break up whatever substance is blocking the drain by using a hand-powered drain auger. The tool can easily reach about 2 to 5 ft. down a pipe.
Troubleshooting Clogged Sinks
Clogging in the kitchen sink is one of the most common occurrences in households. This usually happens due to leftover food, fat, and grease getting accumulated and caked inside the kitchen sink pipes.
How To Unclog A Sink Pipe?
● Use a plunger to slowly clear the passage of the pipe,
● Now run boiling hot water down the pipe. Pour a handful of dish detergent into the sink and follow it again with hot water.
● Stop for a few minutes and then repeat the process.
Troubleshooting Clogged Vents
Vents are important because they let sewer gases escape your house. Clogs in vents happen when not enough air gets into the vent pipe. You know your vent is clogged when you hear gurgling noises coming from the sink when flushing the toilet.
How To Unclog A Toilet?
● Check the pipe opening on the roof to see if anything is blocking the pipe.
● Check gulp valves (usually located at the end of the drain line) to see if enough air is passing through. Gulp valves are responsible for letting air into the pipe.
● Fill the sink with water and drain it completely. Doing this will let air get into the gulp valve.
● If you still find the vents clogged, call a plumber to replace the valve.
How To Clean A Clogged Pipe At Home?
● Use a drain cleaner to clean the drain. It is readily available at any local hardware store.
● If you prefer a non-chemical approach, mix vinegar with boiling hot water and pour it down the drain. Pour baking soda after this to initiate the chemical reaction. This method works perfectly for minor clogs.
● You can also use a drain snake (a small piece of plastic with little teeth on the sides) to dislodge a clog.
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