How to Unclog a Drain
Tired of standing in a foot of water every time you take a shower? Do you hate how long it takes your bathroom sink to drain? If so, it’s probably time for some do it yourself plumbing work. 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. Knowing how to unclog a drain 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.
So, without further ado, here are three things you can try to fix a simple clogged drain:
- Remove the drain stop or plug (sometimes this will require a screwdriver and/or a pair of pliers), and then use a pair of tweezers to reach into the open drain and pull out any built-up solids. It’s gross, but removing all the hair and random gunk will be just the thing needed to get the water draining again.
- If the first step doesn’t work, fill the sink or tub with two or so inches of water. After this, use a sink plunger to cover the drain and then gently press up and down. After a few pushes, you may well find the water beginning to drain normally again.
- Finally, if none of the above steps 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.
Of course, some types of clogs are harder to fix than others. If none of the above steps work or if you’d like to leave the plumbing to the professionals call the Shamrock Plumbing at 801-505-9505 or contact us online!