We’ve all heard that frozen pipes may fracture or burst, creating major issues. Did you know that a blocked drain may also cause a pipe to burst? Unattended clogs may cause increasing pressure within pipes, causing them to split or rupture. This is a nasty and often costly issue that may cause extensive damage to your plumbing and property. Fortunately, most blockages are simple to remove with a few commonly accessible products.
Unclogging a sluggish drain
If your drain takes a long time to empty, you most certainly have a significant blockage somewhere in the pipes. These are the simplest clogs to clear. Over-the-counter drain cleaners or clog dissolving chemicals often work effectively to dissolve obstructions and return pipes to normal operation. If you want a more environmentally friendly solution (many commercial drain cleaning products include harsh chemicals), mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pour the mixture down the slow-moving drain. Allow it to rest for a few hours before flushing the drain with fresh water. A free-flowing drain is required.
Manually removing a clog
More obstinate blockages may need the use of a plunger or another manual removal procedure. As long as you obtain the right suction, a decent quality plunger is an excellent technique to eliminate a blockage from a tub or sink. Fill the sink with water until it just covers the plunger head, then places the plunger directly over the drain hole. Because this might be a nasty process, lay down some towels or newspaper on the floor before you begin plunging. Pump the plunger 10 times to create pressure behind the blockage, then lift up quickly to remove the plunger from the drain. The water should drain from the basin when you hear a “pop.” if you’re having difficulties achieving a good seal, consider covering the plunger’s rim with petroleum jelly. Plug the free-flowing drain with a washcloth or small hand towel first in twin sinks. Plunge the congested side in the manner suggested.
Making use of an auger
If your drain is completely blocked and hasn’t reacted to plunging, you may need to use a drain and trap auger. This is a thin metal wire that snakes down the length of the obstructed plumbing and snags the clog, allowing you to draw it out of the drain. Simply remove the strainer or grate cover over the drain in the sink and put the auger straight into the pipe. Turn the auger and move the wire back and forth until you feel the blockage. Simply withdraw the wire and discard the blockage. If this does not clear the drain, you may need to remove the trap under the sink basin and run the auger farther down the plumbing.
In most cases, the auger may be operated directly from the tub drain. If it doesn’t work, remove the lid on the overflow entrance and insert the auger that way.
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