How To Fix a Blocked Drain
Blocked drains can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, they occur when a buildup of material stops water from flowing adequately down the pipe and into the sewer line or septic tank. Many clogs are easy to eliminate, but sometimes they occur deep inside the pipe or are stubborn. This article explains the different ways one can deal with deep and stubborn drain blockages.
Snaking To Clear Drains
A plumbing snake, also known as a drain auger, can be used to clear blockages when a plunger doesn't work. Essentially, a snake is a long auger with a handle at one end that pushes the tool deep into the clogged pipe. It's called a snake because it 'snakes' its way through the drains. Snakes can be found at local hardware stores but can cause damage to pipes if misused.
Snakes are usually made from an outer metal shell that can damage weak or old pipes. Plus, one may need to remove the p-trap to use the snake to clear a clog effectively. Homeowners should make sure not to force the snake into the pipes, and to turn the handle with consistent speed.
Hydro-Jetting a Blocked Drain
If a snake isn't getting the job done, homeowners can try hydro-jetting. They'll want to contact a professional for this, as it's not good to try it without training.
Hydro-jetting is the process of using high-pressure water to clear a blocked drain. It's a relatively new and novel method for clearing drains, but it works well, and there's little risk of damaging pipes. This method is common in restaurants and commercial drains, but it's also available for residential clogs.
Clearing a Blocked Drain With Baking Soda & Vinegar
For a temporary clogged drain fix, baking soda and vinegar mixes work well. They work great in a pinch, but only temporarily.
First, one must pour several cups of boiling water down the drain to get things started. Then, they should dump a cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. A few minutes later, they can pour a mixture of one cup vinegar and one cup of hot water down. A drain plug should go over the drain for ten to fifteen minutes. Then, one should pour several more cups of hot water.
The first batch of hot water helps to loosen things up. The reaction of baking soda and vinegar can help unclog the debris and residue that blocks the drain. Then, the hot water at the end helps to flush it away. Unfortunately, the drain will probably clog again before too long, because the tough stuff stuck to the side of the pipe tends to stay put. For a better solution, a local plumber can offer expert clog removal services.
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