How To Unclog Your Drains
We allow food, hair, and a number of other materials go through our drains every day. After constant use, drains inevitably get clogged.Here are ways to prevent drain from clogging and how to unclog them yourself. Of course, when that doesn't work, it's time you to call a plumber about drain cleaning.
Prevent Clogs in the First Place
1. Do not put certain items down the drain. Rather, dispose of them properly. Items not to put down your drain include:
- automobile fluids
- coffee grounds
- paper towels
- produce stickers
These items can be disposed of in better ways, and they are particularly difficult on drains. Avoid the situation all together by not pouring these things into your pipes.
2. Use a mesh
You can prevent clogs by catching material in your bathroom and kitchen sinks with a piece of mesh. Simply empty out the contents in the garbage after heavy use.
3. Run hot water to aid the content through sink pipes after use.
4. Run cold water through the garbage disposal during use.
DIY Drain Unclogging
- Use bacteria that breaks down organic matter. Make sure that the material won't create any corrosion on your pipes and give it plenty of time to work. These come in many forms and work best on mild to moderate clogs.
- Use a combination of boiling hot water, one cup of vinegar, and a half of a cup of vinegar. Pour all three ingredients down the drain, cover the drain, and pour more boiling water down the drain after ten minutes. These three ingredients will help remove the content stuck to the pipes, and they are most effective together.
- For something particularly effective, you can pick up some Sodium Hydroxide. Remember to be especially careful while handling this product. Rubber gloves and protective glasses are required. Pour 3 cups of Sodium Hydroxide into a bucket of 3/4 gallons of water. Pour down the drain and then flood the drain with boiling water 20 - 30 minutes later.
- Use a drain snake to remove the clog. If unsure how to use the equipment, call a plumber for professional help.
Calling a Plumber
When the above methods don't work, or you don't want to try those things alone, it's time to call a plumber. Not including a $50 service charge, to fix a kitchen or bathroom drain will cost $109 - $214. To fox a clogged laundry drain, it will cost $151 - $214.