How to Unclog a Drain

Every homeowner experiences a clogged drain from time to time. If you’re in this common predicament, know that you may be able to unclog it naturally at home.

If gentle, safe remedies don’t work, you should always contact a professional plumber. Plumbers have the right equipment and training to unclog a slow drain without causing harm to pipes, fixtures, appliances or hardware.

What Causes Clogged Drains?

Drains become stopped up for a couple of reasons. The most common is that the drain has become clogged with a material that clings to the inner part of the plumbing. This could include anything from dental floss and soap scum to coffee grinds and small pieces of discarded meats.

A second possible cause for a clogged drain is an issue with the plumbing and pipes themselves. If pipes haven’t been properly installed, the water they’re supposed to carry can’t run freely away from the house and into the sewer. If this is the case, you will need an expert to help you fix the problem.

Reliable Ways to Unclog Drains

Reliable Ways to Unclog Drains

There are numerous ways you can unclog a drain naturally yourself. You can try a few remedies before picking up the phone and bringing in a professional plumber:

  • Hot Water: Occasionally, running hot water into a slow drain can loosen or soften the matter clinging to the inside of the pipes.
  • Plunger: When your toilet has a clog, grab your plunger. A few plunges should be all it takes to loosen a clog that’s willing to let go.
  • Homemade Drain Cleaning Product: Never use harsh drain cleaners you can get from the store, as they can cause damage to your plumbing system and may be bad for your municipal system, too. Instead, try mixing about a half-cup of baking soda and one-third of a cup of salt. Pour or pack the dry mixture into your drain. Then cover it with about a cup of warm white vinegar. Place a rag in the drain to push the bubbles down. This process can help remove some unwanted waste from your pipes without chemicals or bleach, both of which are bad for the health of your plumbing system.

When to Call a Plumber for Clogged Drains

You can’t always unclog a drain with standing water by yourself. That’s when it’s best to contact a plumbing professional. Trust the team at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric for reliable and efficient plumbing service!


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