How To Open A Clogged Drain

If you have a clogged bathroom drain, there is no need to call the plumber just yet. There are several methods and tools that can be useful in unclogging a drain.

Whether you own your home or are just renting, eveyone ends up with a clogged drain on occasion. Calling in a plumber to take care of a job can be costly. There are several tried and true methods you can use before you call in a professional.

It is wise to have some kind of drain cleaner on hand and to use it regularly to clean your pipes. This will prevent a completly clogged drain. Whether is is a completely clogged drain or just a partial clog, your first resort should be a plunger. These are easily found in any hardware store and should be a part of your household tools. A plunger uses suction and presure to loosen a clog. To make your job easier, coat the outer rim with petroleum jelly.

Start by placing the plunger over the drain, making sure the bowl or sink is filled with some water. Vigorously work the plunger up and down several times. When the clog has been removed, water should rush out of the bowl or toilet.

As mentioned before, having a drain cleaner on hand can be very helpful. This should be your second course of action. Remove any standing water from the basin. Be sure to follow all directions on the cleaner bottle. Let the cleaner sit for several hours or even overnight before rinsing it away. If the drain is still clogged, flush the drain with very hot water and repeat.

If by chance the above methods fail, you can check the U-trap. This is part of the pipe that is shaped like a "U" is located under the sink. There will be a plug that you can unscrew with a wrench. Be sure to have a bucket to catch excess water. Take a piece of wire to scrub the inside of the trap, put new gaskets on to maintain a watertight seal.

Another useful tool to have is called a Drain Auger. This tool is sometimes called a "snake". Use these on any drain as well as unclogging a toilet. A ten foot Auger is not expensive and can be aquired at any hardware store. These "snakes" can be worked easily through the piping and will generally drill through or catch any clog blocking water flow.

If all else fails, call the plumber. You may have a more serious problem that a plumber will be more qualified to handle.

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