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How to Unclog a Drain Without Calling a Plumber

Jun 1

If you have a clogged drain, you can try to use various methods to remove the clog without the help of a professional. You can try using a wire hanger or drain snake to clear the blockage. If none of these methods works, you can always call a plumber. Alternatively, you can try a chemical drain clog remover. Using washing soda can also help you to unclog the drain.

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Using a plunger

If you're looking for ways to clear a clogged drain without calling a plumber, you might want to try the pop-up stopper. Hair tends to collect on the stem below the plug and on the rod that moves the stopper through the drain pipe. A metal coat hanger bent into a hook can grab the hair and pull it out of the drain. If you have a pop-up stopper, you can also try plunging.

If the problem persists, you may need to use a snake to unclog the drain. You must first place the snake in the drain and push it down. You may need to twist the snake to reach tough spots, but this will help it get through. As the snake reaches the clog, it will begin to chew away the tough stuff. Unfortunately, you will never know if you've solved the problem until you run water through the drain again.

Using a chemical clog remover

Clogged drains are an inconvenience that everyone faces, but luckily, there are many ways to unclog a clogged pipe without calling a plumber. While liquid drain cleaner is tempting, these products can damage your pipes. To avoid clogging, follow the instructions on the bottle before using the chemical clog remover. Make sure that you wear protective gear and turn off the water before you begin cleaning the pipe.

Chemical sludge drain cleaners are toxic, and should only be used on occasional sluggish drains. These chemicals don't dissolve actual stoppages and are not safe for the environment. When used incorrectly, they can damage plumbing and even damage fixtures. Plungers are a better choice when a clog is minor and you don't want to put too much pressure on the pipe.

Using a plumber's snake

One of the most effective ways to unclog a drain without calling for a plumber is to use a snake or an auger. These tools are both metal and bendy, and their purpose is to physically wiggle their way through a clog. However, they can be dangerous for the plumber's hands, as they can damage pipes and other parts.

Before attempting to use a snake, you should make sure to have access to the drain. Make sure the cable is coiled and the tip is attached to a handle. When using the snake, be careful to not let it touch hot water, as this can damage pipes. Don't force the snake into the drain, as this can break the pipe or the access point. Finally, use the proper snake cable for your drain.

While a snake is an excellent way to unclog a drain, it's best to call a professional if you have any doubts about its effectiveness. Snakes are typically only effective on clogs up to about an inch in diameter. Snakes are ineffective on larger clogs, and a plumber's auger is much more powerful. In addition, snakes don't clean the pipes, so clogging will probably occur again.

Using washing soda

If you are looking for a cheap, quick way to unclog a drain without calling for a plumber, you can try using baking soda. Pouring a cup of washing soda down the drain should quickly unclog it. After pouring the soda, you should wait a few minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain. The boiling water will push the washing soda through the clog, unclogging the drain and clearing the pipes.

Baking soda is also a good solution to unclog drains, and it's especially helpful in the bathroom, where hair and soap can clog the pipes. Nevertheless, you should not use baking soda more than once a month, as it can damage PVC pipes. In addition to baking soda, you can also use a solution of two cups of boiling water and a half-cup of cream of tartar. Leave the solution in the drain for an hour or so, and then flush it out with fresh water.


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