Indoor plumbing is a great modern-day invention that has made everyday life easier and more comfortable for you within your home. Unfortunately, with indoor plumbing pipes and drains, there is the potential for them to collect debris and become clogged. Here are some tips to help you deal with a clogged drain in your home's plumbing.
Try to Clear the Clog
Sometimes the first instinct to clear a drain clog is to find some drain cleaner chemicals to clean out the inside of your line. However, if your home is on a septic system or you don't want to put some of these chemicals into the water supply, you can look to a different approach.
If the slow drain is in your bathtub or a sink, it is most likely clogged from a collection of hair, soap, and other residues inside the line. Remove the sink stopper and insert some needle-nosed pliers or the end of a wire clothing hanger bent into a hook to pull out any hair and fibers. Repeat this until all the debris has been pulled from the drain, then rinse it with hot water.
You can also follow up with a baking soda treatment. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain then followed by several cups of vinegar. Allow this to bubble up for several minutes, then rinse it with hot water when it stops bubbling.
Use Plumbing Equipment
Another method is to use a drain snake to clear out your plumbing line, especially if the clog is deeper within the line, such as in a kitchen drain or a toilet line. Locate your home's plumbing clean-out and use this access port to run the snake through until you locate and dislodge the clog. You can run the snake out through to your home's plumbing line until it connects to the city sewer, or you can run it the opposite way up into your home's plumbing lines.
Another option is to contact a professional plumber to clear out your clogged line with their commercial equipment. They have access to use a longer plumbing snake or can also use a hydro-jet plumbing line cleaning treatment, which sprays the inside of your plumbing pipes with a power spray of water. This will remove a clog and also clean out the inside of your plumbing lines where build-up from grease and other residues can collect to lead to future clogs.
If you're tired of dealing with clogged drains, consider talking to a plumber today.