When a drain gets clogged in your kitchen or bathroom, it’s usually an urgent matter to get the drain cleared before a messy overflow occurs. Here is a short guide to some steps you can take to manage a clogged drain and get the clog removed as quickly and easily as possible.
Step 1: The Plunger
As a first step in clearing the clogged drain, apply a standard plunger to see if it can force the clog loose. Smaller, cup-style plungers are commonly used on sink and tub drains, while larger, bellows-style plungers are usually used on toilets. If the sink, tub or toilet is dry, add some water to the drain pipe. This will ensure there is material in the drain to push against the clog. Position the plunger over the drain and make sure it seals well around the edges. Work the plunger up and down several times. Repeat this action a few times. It sometimes takes more than one application of pressure to loosen a clog.
Step 2: The Drain Auger
If the plunger doesn’t work, turn to the drain auger. Drain augers, or snakes, are flexible pieces of pipe or metal that are sent down drains to physically break up clogs. The auger will have a wire cutting head that drills into the clog and breaks it up as the auger is turned. You can usually find drain augers of around 50 feet in length for household use, though many are much shorter.
Step 3: The Chemical Cleaner
As a third option, pour a chemical drain cleaner down the clogged drain. This type of substance is designed to dissolve and loosen the clog. Be careful with chemical cleaners as they can be harmful to eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Use baking soda as a gentler yet still effective alternative.
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