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How to Fix a Partially Clogged Drain | Roto-Rooter Norcross

Baking sodaA partially clogged drain is a problem for homeowners, but it's easier to fix than a total blockage. A clear indication of a partially clogged drain is water remaining in the sink or tub for some time after the faucet is turned off. There are a few different strategies you can try to resolve the issue, and don't be afraid to make a call to Roto-Rooter if you continue to experience problems despite your best efforts.

Using tools

Partial clogs can be removed through manual means, with the most basic method being your own hands. For a drain with a visible clog, you can try to remove it with your fingers or with a small hand tool. In some instances, a clog may be visible but not easily accessible by hand. A small pair of tongs can extend your reach, and a plunger can help bring a clog to the surface as well. Other tools to consider are plumbing snakes, also known as augers. These tools extend your reach, allowing you to get deeper into the pipes.

Using chemicals

Many of the chemical mixtures sold in stores to clear pipes can harm your plumbing and release noxious fumes. One safe approach with chemicals is to use white vinegar, baking soda and boiling water. Pour one cup of baking soda into the clogged drain, then follow slowly with the vinegar. After about five minutes, slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.

Still experiencing clogs even after you take these steps? Get in touch with your local Norcross Roto-Rooter for some expert assistance.

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