5 Tips for Clearing Your Clogged Plumbing Before Hiring a Professional

Low water pressure, excessive water usage, slow drains, and various noises all relate to different reasons your plumbing is about to become clogged.

  • Monday, October 24, 2016

  General   Tips   

Low water pressure, excessive water usage, slow drains, and various noises all relate to different reasons your plumbing is about to become clogged. While there are various reasons why this happens, here are 5 tips for clearing clogged plumbing:

  1. Remove your sink's stopper and clean off any debris that's stuck there. Run water down the drain to see if it's still plugged.
  2. Fill the sink half full with water then pump a toilet plunger up and down 10 times. (You may need to do this several times.)
  3. Place a bucket under the plumbing beneath your sink then open the trap (the curved piece of pipe) by using a wrench to unscrew the plug on the bottom of it. (If there's no plug, you'll need to remove the entire trap by unscrewing the two nuts on each side of it.) Clear the blockage before re-attaching the trap.
  4. Insert a plumber's snake into your sink then twist the handle clockwise and push it in and out of the drain until you can clear the obstruction.

A fifth and final option is to clean the drain with a combination of baking soda, hot water, and vinegar. Don't simply throw these things down your drain. You must know how to properly do this so you don't create a combustible chemical reaction and cause more harm than good. Nevertheless, you may even want to attempt this before you start taking your plumbing apart or head out to the store to buy any other items (somewhere between step 1 and step 3.)

Hopefully, by now, your plumbing is unclogged. However, if you're still having problems, it's time to call a professional because the issue is bigger than what it looks like on the surface.


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