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How to Clear a Clogged Drain

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Chemical agent used to unclog some pipes. Digital illustration. Stopped drains can occur at any time

Here Is How You Can Clear Any Drains

Any plumbing can get clogged. Fortunately, it doesn't take a professional remediation company to clear drains. There are several techniques you can use to dislodge a clog. Be sure to be gentle when using these tricks. Exerting too much force on your plumbing can damage it.


Picking the Right Tools
To clear a clogged drain in your home in Concord, MO, you will need the right tools. Here is what you will need:

  • Plunger
  • Snake
  • Electric auger


Unclogging a Sink
Most clogged sinks can be fixed with a plunger. Fill the sink and start plunging. Plunge vigorously for several minutes before removing the plunger from the drain. If this doesn't work, you will need the snake. Remove the sink trap and make sure it isn't the source of your clog. Then, insert the snake into the pipe and use it to pull the clog out.


Unclogging a Tub
Bathtubs generally don't develop sudden clogs. Instead, you will notice them starting to drain more slowly each day. This is the start of a clog. When this happens, grab the plunger. First, fish out any hair from around the drain. Then, remove the stopper or drain cover. Clean these of hair. If this doesn't fix the clog, start plunging. If your drain still isn't working, grab the snake.


Unclogging a Floor Drain
Basements and garages often have floor drains. Over time, these can accumulate a lot of substances. To break these clogs and avoid a pipe break, you will want to use an electric auger. You can rent these if you don't have one. To clean the drain, look for the cleanout hole. Remove the plug with a wrench. Then, insert the auger and follow the instructions that came with it to break the clog.
Stopped drains can occur at any time. Therefore, you must know how to fix them and what tools you will need.

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