Have you ever taken a shower and noticed water sitting at your feet? Or you are doing dishes in the kitchen sink and notice the water is not draining properly? Well, this may be a sign that you have a clog in your pipes! Now sometimes a clog is not a big deal at all and can be fixed with a simply solution. Other times, the clog can be a warning sign for a much bigger problem. It is smart to test out all options before jumping to the worst conclusion, which can save you peace of mind and money! Here are a few tips & tricks to help with your clogged drain!
If you are experiencing a clogged drain, an easy first step to try and unclog the drain is to pour boiling water down the drain in intervals. If you pour the water down all at once the boiling water may overwhelm the drain not allowing it to work. The boiling water can break down particles in the drain that may be blocking the water flow. If this method does not work, then you may need something stronger to break down the clog.
Baking soda and vinegar can help break down particles that boiling water can not. This trick is a step up from boiling water but will only really work on a blockage that isn’t 100%. There are different ways you can do this step but the most effective way is to pour baking soda down the clogged drain, about ½ cup, and let sit. Meanwhile, boil water and put about a cup of vinegar into the water. Pour water and vinegar down effected drain and let sit for about 30 minutes. Once time is up run water down the drain and see if the blockage has cleared. If not, you may have to manually remove debris.
If the drain is still persistent on not being cleared, your next move should be to try to clear the drain by hand. If you do not have the proper equipment to snake a drain, you can use a wire hanger as well. This can get messy, so you may want to keep a towel nearby. Sometimes all you need to do is clear the drain by hand and physically get the debris out. If you clear the drain and the problem is still persistent you may need to call a professional.
If the drain is not easily cleared by these 3 simple tips, you may have a more serious underlying issue. Call a plumbing professional, like Aztec Plumbing, who can properly assess your situation and fix your home right away! Aztec Plumbing, we have you covered from A to Z!