There are several effective ways to clear clogged drains, and many of them can be done without the need for professional help.
Before attempting to clear a clogged drain, try to first determine the cause of the blockage. Common causes include hair, soap scum, food particles, and foreign objects. Once the cause has been identified, the appropriate method for clearing the blockage can be chosen.
Use a Plunger
The plunger is one of the most common and effective tools for clearing clogged drains. To use a plunger, simply place the cup of the plunger over the drain and push down and pull up quickly to create suction. Repeat this several times until the blockage is cleared.
Use a Drain Snake
A drain snake, also known as a plumbing snake or auger, is a long, flexible cable with a spiral end that can be used to break up and remove blockages from pipes. To use a drain snake, insert the cable into the drain and rotate the handle to feed the cable further into the pipe. Once the blockage is reached, rotate the handle in the opposite direction to break up the blockage and remove it from the pipe.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar can be used as a natural and effective way to clear clogged drains. To use this method, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The mixture will foam and bubble as it works to break up the blockage. After a few minutes, flush the drain with hot water.
Use Boiling Water
Boiling water can also be used to clear clogged drains. Simply bring a pot of water to a boil and pour it down the drain. The hot water will help to break up and dissolve the blockage.
Call a Professional
If the above methods do not clear the blockage, it may be necessary to call a professional plumber. They have special tools and equipment to clear blocked drains and will be able to identify and fix the problem quickly.
But preventing clogged drains is much easier than dealing with them after they have occurred. Here’s few tips for preventing sink drain clogs:
Use a strainer in the bathtub and shower to catch hair and soap scum
Dispose of grease and oil properly, never pour them down the drain
Avoid flushing foreign objects, such as baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products, down the toilet
Run hot water down the drain after each use to help flush away any debris that may be present