When you have a clogged drain, it may seem like it’s going to be a real hassle to get it unplugged. Although serious deep clogs will require the assistance of a plumber, most clogs can be taken care of with a few simple steps and the right know-how.
- Prevention comes first. The best way to unclog a drain is to not have it clog in the first place. That means keeping all large food particles from washing down the drain, wiping grease out of pans with a paper towel before washing them, keeping a strainer over the drain hole, and always making sure the sink and the surrounding area is kept clean.
- Try a plunger. A plunger is one of the best drain openers for a clogged drain. As long as you make a tight seal between plunger head and drain opening, and that includes blocking all overflow channels, too, you can use a plunger to unclog your drain. Make sure there’s a little water in the sink, press the plunger down to expel air, and then pull it back sharply. Repeat this procedure if it doesn’t dislodge the clog after the first time.
- Dissolve the clog. Pour in a 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar, then plug the drain. Let the vinegar/baking soda solution break down any fats, like grease and oil. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then pour boiling water into the drain to finish the job.
If you cannot free up a clogged drain by any of these methods, it may be something deeper in your pipes, and a plumber should be called, They will have the professional tools and know-how to break up any clog and get your sink, shower, toilet or basement drain unclogged and working again.
For more information about clogged drains, or if you need to call in a plumber, please contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Cleveland area for more than 75 years.
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