The First Step in Good Plumbing Maintenance: Clearing Drain Clogs
Every time you use your sink or tub, you risk a drain clog. Unfortunately, there are a variety of things that can cause a clog, so the best thing you can do is follow good plumbing maintenance steps to ensure that you can help to prevent clogs as much as possible.
If you do experience a drain clog, the following steps can help to clear the clog:
- Use build-up remover and drain-cleaning products—Simply pouring a small amount of pipe- and drain-cleaning products (about two ounces) down your bathroom and kitchen drains can help to treat problems and prevent future issues from occurring.
- Invest in a drain snake or construct your own with a bent wire hanger—This will allow you to get to the source of the problem and fish it out to safely dispose of it in the trash. You can find an affordable snake at your local hardware store, or may even be able to rent one from your plumber or hardware store of choice.
- Plungers—Take a plunger to your drains. This is often effective at pulling out whatever is causing the drain.
- Home remedies—Many homeowners find that home remedies are effective enough to clear small drain clogs. Simply pouring baking soda, then boiling water, followed by vinegar, and then plugging up the drain is often highly effective in clearing out the source of the clog. Best of all, it is completely natural and will not harm your plumbing and pipes.
- Call a plumber—There’s nothing quite like having the peace of mind that the job is being done professionally by a licensed technician who has the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to take care of the problem once and for all. They may also have to take larger steps, such as using a hydro-jetter, to take care of the problem would not be able to do on your own. During the appointment, they can also provide you with information on plumbing maintenance steps you can take to prevent future drain clogs from forming.
Many people avoid calling a plumber until they absolutely need to because they do not want to spend the money. However, the longer you wait to call a plumber, the worse the problem will get and the more money it will cost you in the long run. It is always a good idea to get a professional on the job as soon as an issue arises to avoid compounding the problem.