Drain clogs have a means of asserting themselves at the worst possible moment. Maybe you're entertaining, or cooking a big dinner. Perhaps... that your in-laws are coming over. All of a sudden... your sink won't drain. If you do not do something about that clog--and fast--it'll throw a serious wrench in all of your plans.
Obviously, the best way to clean a clog would be to call in the pros to assist you. Regrettably, however, you probably won't always have time for it. From time to time, you will have scarce moments to fix that clog before your in-laws come a-calling! Below are five tips for all those desperate times. We can not guarantee they'll resolve the underlying problem, but they might just get things flowing when you need them.
This is the very first thing that you ought to try every time--clearing clogs is what plungers are for, after all! If something is flushing a sink drain, then you'll most likely need to use a cup plunger to clean it. The cup on a cup plunger will fit snugly over the sink's drain, making an effective vacuum.
To begin with, completely remove any excess water position at the sink. Then, remove the drain cover to expose the open drain. Set the cup plunger over the drain. Make sure the cup fits over the drain completely. Pump the plunger up and down for 30 minutes to one minute. Run water, let that water to drain, and repeat this process around three times.
This is a timeless home drain cleaner. Start with pouring 1/3 of a cup to 1 cup of dry baking soda down the drain. Attempt to ship the baking soda down the drain as possible. After that, follow the baking soda with an equivalent quantity of vinegar. The vinegar should respond with the baking soda almost instantly. The solution will begin fizzing, which will help divide clogs and grease build up in Charlotte.
Let the fizzing remedy sit in the drain for about two minutes. After that, pour hot (but not quite boiling) water down to flush it out. If the clog's still giving you trouble, try repeating the process around three times. You might also combine the vinegar and baking soda together in a measuring cup before you pour it. Make sure to always flush the drain out with hot water between attempts.
Hair-based clogs are particularly common in toilet sink drains. The best way to clean these clogs is to simply reach into the drain and then pull the hair out. There are a few ways you can accomplish that. The traditional technique is to bend a wire clothing hanger into a hook. Simply reach in the drain with all the hook end and attempt to pull up as much hair as you can.
Admittedly, there are a few downsides to this tried-and-true method. First of all: you need to forfeit a hanger. Even worse, you are going to have to be careful. If you are too rough with the hanger, then you could scratch or dent the sides of the pipe. Luckily, the old cable hanger trick is not your only alternative. There are several products designed especially to pull hair from drains. Using these products is safer and usually easier than creating your own.
The P-trap is your bending pipe located under every sink. It connects the sink drain to the wall. The bend in the p-trap retains a small amount of water at all times. This water blocks sewer gases from rising up through the pipes and into your property. At times, though, something aside from water may get stuck inside p-traps. Debris, dust, or hair abounds in p-traps can create especially tough clogs.
The very best way to remove a clog from the p-trap is to take out the trap and wash it. Make certain that you're wearing gloves before you remove your trap. First, turn off the water into the sink. Place a bucket under your p-trap. Remove both slip nuts securing the p-trap into both the sink and the wall pipe. As soon as you're eliminated it in the pipes, clean out the inside of the trap inside the bucket. Be forewarned: you might find some nasty things inside!
Evidently, this won't work on every clog, but it's about as fast that a"repair" as you can ask for. Just boil a pot, pan, or kettle of water. While the water heats up, drain the sink of some excess water nevertheless you can. After the water's boiling, start slowly massaging it into the blocked drain. The warmth of the water will help break up the fatty build-up that may be causing the clog.
For extra effectiveness, try massaging the boiling water into the drain in stages. During each other period, pour in a 1/3 cup of dish soap into the water. The detergent can help break up dirt and debris even more effectively. Finally, you should try adding this boiling water in conjunction with plunging. The water may help break up a clog just enough to plunge it away.
Hopefully, these quick-fixes will get you through your make-or-break instant. Even after you're safe from immediate catastrophe, however, we'd caution you against forgetting your clog for too long. These quick fixes are just that, unfortunately--quick fixes. Odds are, the inherent problem that resulted in the clog is still down there... waiting. Likely for another time that your in-laws are in town.
If you want to clear out that inherent problem until it rears its ugly head again, give Plumber Charlotte NC a call any time. Our pros can wash a drain out for good, to make certain it's working whenever you need it.