Ways to Manage Drain Clogs

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can avoid a service call if there’s a way a homeowner can manage a simple drain clog. Having said that, we’re also willing to help customers avoid a service call if there is something they can do to fix a plumbing issue on their own.

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One of the things which happens is that soap scum, grease, hair, shaving cream, and other plumbing cholesterol begins to clog the drain. When this happens, we beg you not to go for the commercial drain cleaner. Harsh chemicals are the nuclear bomb of plumbing.

When your sink gets slow, squeeze a big squirt of Dawn (or other grease-cutting dish soap) down your slow sink. Then, take a huge kettle of boiling water and pour that down the sink, as well. You may need to repeat the water flush two or three times. Be careful! Boiling water is dangerous. But, the hot water combines with the dish soap and softens the soap scum and grease, which then clears away.

A carbonated soda

Sometimes, a big (2 liter) bottle of Coke, full of phosphoric acid, is just what your drain needs. Simply chug the entire thing down the drain (at room temperature), and follow it with a chaser of hot water about an hour later. The acid in the coke eats grease.

A few tea kettles of hot water are sometimes enough to soften and dislodge old soap and grease clogs. But, be careful!

A few tea kettles of hot water are sometimes enough to soften and dislodge old soap and grease clogs. But, be careful!

Kitchen ingredients

Take one cup of baking soda, dump it down the sink. Follow with a ½-1 C vinegar chaser. The magic is in the foam. Here is a guy who uses the foam and boiling water method.

A plunger

Do you know the difference between your plungers? A flange plunger is made for a toilet. A standard plunger is made for the others--sinks, the bathtub, etc.  And the primary force of a plunger is water, so make sure there is enough in the sink or tube to be able to force it down the drain. The pressure of the water is what dislodges the clog. Make sure the drain is completely covered by the water. Push, pull in a pumping action. If you lose some of your water, fill it up again. If you lose a lot, you’ve got it!

Plumbing snake

If you have a snake and you don’t mind using it, attach it to the drill and fire it up. If you don’t have one/don’t want one/did that and it didn’t work, it’s time to call in the pros. If you got this far, you’ve done yeoman service, and it’s probably a tree root or something way down the line. We’ve got the heavy-duty equipment, the plumbing line spy camera, and we’d be proud to follow you in the quest to get your drain back in order.

Charity Plumbing offers prompt, professional residential and commercial plumbing installation, repair, and drain services in the Valley area. Call 602-399-4041.