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How to Unclog a Drain

After a good workout or a long hard day at work, it feels nice to wash it all off in the shower and get clean again. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves struggling to get squeaky clean because we put up with the puddle of accumulating water at our feet. If you find yourself in this situation, the fix is simple: unclog your drain! Here, we’ll go over a few DIY plumbing things you can do to fix your situation and get back to taking showers where you can get fully clean, feet included. Drano™ and other types of drain cleaner don’t always work—in those cases, you’re going to have to resort to some old fashioned manual plumbing.

Unclogging a drain is often a very simple process, but many people have never taken the time to learn how to do it. Yet, this knowledge is one of the most useful skills a homeowner can have—and it’s a skill that can save you quite a lot of money.

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So, without further ado, here are three things you can try to fix a simple clogged drain:

  1. Remove the drain stop or plug. Sometimes this will require a screwdriver and/or a pair of pliers. Then, use a pair of tweezers to reach into the open drain and pull out any built-up solids. Be prepared, it will be gross. However, removing all the hair and random gunk will be just the thing needed to get the water draining again.
  2. If the tip above doesn’t work, fill the sink or tub with at least two inches of water. After this, use a plunger to cover the drain and then gently press it up and down. After a few pushes, you may find the water beginning to drain normally again.
  3. Finally, if none of the above ideas work, use a drain snake. By pushing the tool down into the drain, it should bend around the corner and clear out any stubborn remaining clogs. Make sure to follow the instructions on your device’s packaging

Of course, certain types of clogs are much harder to fix than others. You may even need to look into using some alternative methods. If none of the above tips work or if you’d like to leave the plumbing to the professionals call the Shamrock Plumbing at 801-505-9505 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page.


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