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3 DIY Methods For Removing Drain Clogs

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No matter how careful you are with what you put down your drain, a clogged sink is likely to happen in your home sooner or later. While many homeowners call a plumber at the first sign of a clog, it is possible to remove all but the most stubborn clogs on your own if you have the right know-how. Here are three DIY tips for unclogging drains.

Use a Plunger

The most basic method for unclogging a drain is to use a plunger. To plunge a clogged drain, first run water into the sink and place the suction cup over the drain opening so that it forms an airtight seal. If you are unclogging a sink with an overflow drain, you should use a wet washcloth to block the overflow.

Plunge the drain rapidly for a few seconds at a time, then remove the plunger and run water into the sink to test if the clog has been removed. While minor clogs can be removed with a plunger, more advanced methods are often required for more serious clogs.

Use a Drain Snake

The safest route for your home's plumbing is to remove clogs manually using a drain snake. This is because many chemical drain cleaners are caustic and can lead to degradation of your home's plumbing with frequent use. Manual cleaning with a drain snake is often faster as well, as you are simply dislodging the clog instead of waiting for it to dissolve.

To use a drain snake, place the end of the snake into your drain and begin turning the handle to send the snake down the pipe. When it becomes harder to turn, this will mean that the snake has come in contact with the clog. Continue cranking the handle and apply slight downward pressure until the resistance stops and you can crank the handle freely again. If this doesn't happen, simply pull the snake back out of the drain and you will likely pull the clog out with it. Run hot water for a few minutes after using the drain snake to remove any stubborn remnants of the clog.

Use an Air Pressure Drain Cleaner

Air pressure drain cleaners are the next step beyond cleaning drains with a drain snake, and it is rare that you will encounter a clog that these tools cannot remove. Air pressure drain cleaners use built-in CO2 cartridges to blow high-pressure air down the drain and force the clog out. To use these tools, place the suction cup around the drain opening much like you would a plunger, and then release the pressurized air for instant clog removal.

Using these tips, you can remove almost any drain clog in your home and save hiring a plumber for only the most serious clogs. To find out more, speak with a business like Puget Sound Plumbing