Clogged drains are a hassle but they are rather inevitable occurrences, especially in households with girls. Clumps of hair and a mixture of hair products can create thick gunk in drains, preventing water from properly flowing through drainage pipes. When this happens in the bathroom, early morning routines can take so much longer to complete.
This plumbing problem is easy enough to remedy, claim emergency plumbers; it is perhaps the easiest problem to solve as long as you have no issues with dirty water or hair and product residue build-up. Handling the matter yourself can save you a lot of money especially if you’re always trying to stick within your household’s budget. The only thing to remember is that it’s important to “diagnose” the problem correctly first before launching into DIY repair; otherwise, you may just make matters worse. Once you’ve finally determined the real source or cause of the problem, then you can try the different easy repair methods suitable to the problem.
DIY Clogged Drain Repair
In finding out the real source of the problem, you must check the other drains in the house first and see if they’re functioning well, and if they are, that can only mean that the clogged drain issue you have is not connected to the main sewer backup which would then require the services of professional emergency plumbers.
For the bathroom sink and shower drains which usually get clogged due to the build-up of hair and dirt or when an object accidentally falls into the drain, plumbers advise removing the screws that hold the strainer in place and collect or wash away the dirt that’s preventing water from easily running down the drain. Now, if something fell through the pipe, you may have to use some elbow grease; use a sewer snake either to push the clog down or hook it so you can pull it out upwards. Afterwards, flush out the drain with water to make sure that water is already flowing properly.
The plunger is also a very helpful tool and it’s effective in clearing up clogged drains. You just need to stop the overflow and leave about three inches of water over the drain. An important trick to ensure that the plunger’s rim creates a tight seal and creates a strong suction ability is to smear it with petroleum jelly. Place the plunger over the drain and push it down several times to loosen the clog in the drain. Once the source of the clog surfaces, throw it out and clean out other residue that surfaced due to the plunging.
Now, if you don’t want to exert too much physical effort, you can opt to use a strong chemical solution to melt away the clog. It’s important to remember that the sulphuric acid or lye present in this solution is quite toxic, so follow the directions regarding protective gloves and goggles. Some people advise using strongly carbonated drinks instead of the chemical solutions; colas may work, but only for certain non-synthetic clogs.