One day, you start to notice that the water in your sink is draining just a bit slower than usual. This is certainly a nuisance. The good news is though, that clogged drains can usually be resolved rather easily. If you need some suggestions on how to get the job done, you have come to the right place.
Chemical drain cleaners, while effective, are fraught with harsh ingredients that can irritate the eyes and sinuses of those in your household. But good old home remedies are often just as good, if not better at getting the job done. Here is something to try pour half a cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Follow that by pouring half a cup of vinegar down as well. Then cover the drain with a cloth or a drain stopper. Give the powerful combo about an hour to get to work. Afterwards, rinse the drain with a bit of boiling water. If the drain is still not working efficiently, try going through the process a few times to really break up whatever grime is down there.
Plumber’s snakes are excellent tools for any homeowner to have handy. You can go as simple or as fancy as you like, with snakes ranging from $10-$200. Whether you have a manual or electrical snake, the motions will be about the same. Slowly send the snake down the troubled drain. You will have to maneuver around the curves of the pipes, but once you hit the clog you will know it. Once you have located the source of the clog, slowly turn the snake to break up and/or attach the snake to the clog. Then, slowly draw the snake back towards you. If the debris is quite substantial, you may need to repeat this process a few times as well.
Under just about every sink is what is called a u-pipe or drain trap. This curved piece of plumbing is particularly prone to clogging. So, it is never a bad idea to clean it out occasionally. You can do this by grabbing an empty bucket and a wrench. Place the bucket underneath the u- pipe. This is to catch any water and debris. Loosen the nuts on each end of the pipe and flip it over your bucket to let any debris be thrown away. You can use a toothbrush or gloved hands to remove gunk and grime manually. Give the pipe a little rinse after that and then you can reassemble it.
Usually, clearing clogged drains on your own is easy. But if you tried these tips and still have a drain that is not working properly, then it is time to call the trusted professionals at BL James & Son. We will be able to successfully diagnose the issue and resolve it with no problem!
By BL James and Son 10-8-2020