How to Unclog Drains Without Making a Mess
Residential plumbing repairs can be a real pain. It is totally normal for every single drain drain in our homes to get clogged but it does not make it any more enjoyable to get rid of. Hopefully these handy tips will help you dread the task just a little less.
Let’s start with the sink.
First things first, make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. If you are trying to fashion an old hanger and wrap it in duct tape or some other crazy DIY method, you’ll only succeed in frustrating yourself more and making the task harder than it needs to be. All you need is a snake and a sink plunger. There is a difference between a toilet plunger and a sink plunger so make sure you get the right one. Neither of these items are expensive at all. Both tools can be bought at a hardware store. Other items you might want are a bucket, gloves and a flash light.
Now we begin. Garbage disposals are the main problem when it comes to clogs.
- Plunge the side of the sink with the garbage disposal to try and remove the clog and get rid of the water in the sink so you can see better.
- Turn on the garbage disposal switch and listen. A low humming sound indicates that the disposal is jammed. You’ll have to turn it off and unplug it. Manually inserting an Allen wrench to turn the blades should get it going again. You can also try pressing the reset button on the disposal itself.
- If the problem turns out not to be the disposal, you may need to clean out the p-trap. This is the u-shaped pipe underneath the sink. Loosen the slip nuts and remove the pipe and remove anything trapped inside into the trash or bucket. You’ll want a bucket underneath the pipe when you loosen it because water is bound to fall out. Put it all back together and see if that unclogs the drain.
- Lastly, you can try and snake the drain. Follow the instructions on the box to do this. Afterwards, flush the drain with plenty of hot water.
This method of toilet clearing is actually done without a plunger. Of course you can try that, but if you’d like to try another way, read on.
- First, pour a lot of dish soap or even shampoo into the toilet bowl. Pieces of bar soap will also work.
- Heat up a gallon of water until very hot but not yet boiling and carefully add that to the soap in the bowl.
- The hot water and soap mixture should break up the blockage and help it to slide down the pipe. If this doesn’t work, you can also try snaking the toilet.
Residential plumbing repairs encompass more than just these but the shower, toilet and sink are the main clogs we encounter on a day to day basis. Here is what to try if your shower drain is clogged.
- First of all, you will want to wear gloves and remove any superficial clogs near the top of the drain. This usually consists of hair.
- You can use a wire hanger for this one: try and hook any clumps that are a little further down.
- If you need further unblocking you can use a sink plunger to plunge the drain, but make sure that the area around the drain is wet.
- Should neither of these completely clear the drain, then you can use a snake on the shower drain also.
- Once all this has been done, you can pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the drain to dissolve any remnants left behind. Let that mixture sit for an hour before flushing with hot water.
Of course, a plumber is always a great option for any residential plumbing repairs as well. They will always be able to do a much better job at tending to our residential plumbing repairs than we could do with all our methods.