Unclogging a drain is often necessary when a mass of hair and food debris, often agglomerated with a little soap, blocks the free passage of water. The evacuation of the water becomes difficult or impossible. Here are some tips and advice from our professional plumbers to unclog your pipes. Your bathtub, shower, sink, or washbasin can become blocked and therefore almost unusable. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of our best tips to unclog your drains.
Different techniques can be used to get rid of this annoying clog
Remove the trap
The first solution is to remove the trap and clean it of the impurities that have accumulated over time. Don’t forget to place a container, ideally a basin, underneath so that the waste doesn’t fall directly onto the floor or into your furniture.
Using hot water
A lot of gunk accumulates down your drain over time, no matter how careful you are with it. Soap, washing liquid, and shampoo can cause gunk buildup in your drain over time, which is relatively easy to combat. Boil a pot or kettle of water and slowly pour it down the bathtub drain once it reaches the boiling point.
Now you should be aware that these tips might not work for every type of clog out there, and this won’t work if there is a clog caused by matted hair. This tip will only work for gunk caused by soap or shampoo buildup; the hot water will be able to dissolve most of the soap fairly quickly. If you try these tips and your drain is still clogged, it’s time to try another method.
Use the suction cup
This tool allows the water to flow back and forth and unblock whatever is blocking the proper flow of water. If there is too much water standing around and no way to get it out, the plunger is your best bet. Block alternative drains beforehand (such as overflow drains, if there are any) and proceed with the unblocking.
Use the ferret
The next solution is more radical: it is the famous ferret. A flexible rod with spikes to pierce the clog and equipped with a crank to allow you to pass baffles and elbows. Note that the ferret can sometimes damage the enamel of your toilet.
Finally, if none of these techniques work, you need to bring out the big guns: a professional high-pressure cleaner. You’ll need a plumbing company that offers unclogging services, including the right vehicle. With the right equipment, it is possible to clean long pipes and remove clogs made of scale or limescale, which are generally more resistant.
Chemical unblockers are very dangerous and are made of caustic soda or sulfuric acid, both of which are very corrosive. Protect yourself with gloves and glasses to avoid spraying. As a last resort, chemical unclogging is necessary, even if it must be done with care.
This is the magical duo that does a lot of weight lifting in the cleaning world, but it cannot be used on all types of surfaces as it can dull them down. If you don’t like to use chemicals, then this might be the perfect solution for you. You are also not advised to overuse chemicals in your drains, which can corrode your pipes in the long run.
Baking soda and vinegar is an all-natural solution that can help you unclog your bathtub drain. To use this method, start by pouring one cup of baking soda down your drains and let it settle there for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Allowing the mixture to sit there allows the baking soda to work its magic better.
After this, pour a cup of vinegar over the baking soda and let this solution work its magic. We usually recommend you top to pour a kettle or pot of hot water down the drain after the solution has worked its magic. This is a really useful and cheap method to clear and dissolve buildup.
Concerning your toilets, throw only toilet paper and nothing else. Also, think about prevention; before you find yourself with a clogged drain, put a simple grid on the hole of the sink to retain most of the waste and prevent it from entering your pipes. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about unclogging your drains.