A clogged drain is an annoying side effect of a deeper problem. Pipes often get clogged due to buildup far below the drain’s entry point. Accessing and clearing these clogs can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to get the water flowing again.
Here are our expert tips to unclog a drain:
- Boiling water. Start with the basics. If the clog is caused by elements that can be broken down or dissolved by boiling water, this may be all you need. Common pipe buildup from soap scum, food, and grease can sometimes be cleared by this method. However, exercise caution when using boiling water, as older metal or even PVC pipes can be damaged by extreme temperatures.
- Baking soda and vinegar. This powerful duo can break down much of the debris boiling water can without risk to the pipes. Follow a 1:2 ratio of baking soda to vinegar and pour the baking soda down the drain first, followed by the vinegar. The foaming reaction may help unclog your drain.
- Invest in a plumbing snake. If you are dealing with a stubborn, recurring clog, you may want to invest in a plumbing snake. A snake is a long, coiled wire that can maneuver down a drain, hook onto clogged debris, and pull it out. Plumbing snakes should be handled with care to avoid damaging pipes.
- Call a professional plumber. While household remedies can sometimes help to unclog a drain, a professional plumber has the expertise and equipment to unclog a drain carefully. Plumbers can also ensure the pipe is totally clear and advise you on how to prevent future clogs.
When you have a clogged drain, try these tips to take care of the issue. When the problem persists, our team of experienced plumbers at Metro Plumbing can help clear the clog and keep the water flowing.