Plumbing: 7 Easy Tips To Unclog A Drain
Is the water in your shower, sink, or lavatory dripping? Are whistling sounds coming from your pipes? Are there foul odors in your bathroom? These are signs that your drains or pipes are clogged. To unclog them, here are some simple tips for applying. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips to unclog your drain.
1. Clean the pipes
First, place an empty bucket under the sink trap to catch the water. Unscrew the trap at the end of the pipe with a wrench. Once the trap is free, remove it and turn it upside down. As you empty the contents into the bucket, some debris will surely find its way into the pipe. As for hard dirt, loosen it with an old toothbrush. You can now rinse with clear water by turning on the faucet. You must screw the trap back on, and you can use your sink again.
2. Create a small hook
The second tip for removing clogs in your pipes is to use a ferrule. Remove the cover from the pipe before you start fishing. You should be able to get a lot of the residue that has clogged the pipe. Now that the pipe is clear, you can use it again. Use a regular wire hanger if you don’t have a drain cleaner. Straighten it so that the end is hook-shaped. Don’t forget to pour in hot water at the end of your job. This will remove all the dirt.
3. Baking soda and vinegar
Mixing 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar can also solve the problem. The contact between these two ingredients will create an emulsion that will unclog the pipes. Once the mixture is made, quickly pour it into the clogged pipe. The solution works on the detritus stuck in the drains: it cleans, degreases, and removes the detritus and the hair in it. After an hour or overnight, rinse the pipe with hot water.
The kneading action will help remove detritus, hair, and grime that has accumulated in the drain. Let the mixture sit for an hour or even overnight if possible. Rinse with warm water. Alternatively, pour as much baking soda as possible down the drain first, then pour in the vinegar. The effect will be the same.
4. Caustic soda-based products
Pour 3/4 of a liter of cold water into a container and add 3 cups of caustic soda. Using an old wooden spoon, stir the mixture. When you see a reaction, pour the mixture into the clogged pipes. After half an hour, flush the pipes with boiling water. If necessary, repeat the operation. A plumber always wears rubber gloves and goggles when applying this trick. Caustic soda or lye is a dangerous product that causes unpleasant burns.
5. Remove any grease clog with boiling water
Pouring boiling water down the drain also removes the detritus that accumulates there. You can pour it in two or three times to dislodge soaps and gunk particles clogging the drain. It is even more effective if the hot water is sprayed at high pressure.
6. Dishwashing liquid
You can also run liquid soap down the drain to clean the pipes. Then pour boiling water down the drain, and it will unclog easily. No greasy element will resist such a preparation. If your toilet is clogged, pour a quart of dishwashing liquid down the drain. Since it acts as a lubricant, it will easily break up the grease residue. Don’t forget to finish the process by pouring in hot water.
7. Maintain pipes with coffee
Put a few tablespoons of coffee in the kitchen sink and let the hot water run for a few seconds. This product cleans drains and traps and prevents clogs. This last tip will prevent any build-up in the drain hole.
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