Having to deal with a clogged drain can be a messy hassle, but it’s generally not that difficult a chore. If you’re really stuck, a professional like the Plumbing Detectives (plumbingdetectives.com.au) will have no problem clearing that out for you. Otherwise, you should be able to take care of it on your own.
Before you ruin your pipes by jamming a bent-up coat hanger down the drain, here are a few basic tip on getting that clog to go.
And by this, we mean to physically get in there are break up the clog directly. People tend to think of the first even though it’s not really the easiest option. Do not resort to probing with wires, household tools or kitchen utensils. This will invariably cause more damage and will do no good.
You’ll need a proper drain “snake”, which is a long flexible arm that you extend with a crank. It’s designed for this and is really the only tool you should use to clean out a clog. Just unwind the arm until it hits the plugged spot, and poke or wiggle the claw end around until you break it up.
The simplest option is to grab the usual commercial drain cleaner and pour a dose down the drain. The only problem is that these chemicals are quite harsh and can corrode the pipes, especially if you use them too often. They will also create a lot of fumes in your home that you might not want.
There is a less toxic option for a chemical clog treatment that you may want to try out first. You can use the bubbly power of a vinegar and baking soda combo to help loosen up and dislodge a blockage. Pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, and then a mix of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Tightly cover the drain hole, and let the natural chemical reaction do its work.
Not only does the fizzing action help loosen up the blockage, the reaction creates a lot of gas. With the drain hole plugged, that builds pressure to help force out the clog too.
That means get out the trusty sink plunger. Unlike the snake that actually goes down to the drain to the clog, the plunger works by forcing a sharp blow of air and water through the pipes.
Firmly place the lip of the plunger around the drain hole, making as good a seal as you can. Now give it 3 or 4 sharp shoves downward. Release the pressure on the plunger, and see if it’s clear. If not, do the same thing again. The trick is to get a good seal so that all the force is directed down through the pipe, and not to create a big messy spray in the sink.
If your first attempt doesn’t work, move on to the next technique. Still no luck? Call a plumber like Royal Flush Plumbing & Heating and let a pro take care of it!