Let’s face it – we’re not your average do-it-yourselfers. Have you ever met someone that can build or fix anything? Then you have the technology people that can make their computers sing and dance. For some of us, we’re too quick to pick up the phone to call someone to fix our drains. At Big B’s Plumbing, we’ve heard it all when it comes to plumbing issues. And while most issues should be left up to your plumbing technicians, there are two clogs that any homeowner can unclog. So, before you pick up the phone and call your plumber, give it your best shot and save a few bucks.
Any Homeowner Can Fix A Clogged Toilet
The first drain is your toilet. Now, there are some exceptions to the rule in regards to your toilet. For example, if the clog is deep down the drain pipe, you’ll need to rent a plumber’s snake or call your plumber. Of course, your first plan of action should be your faithful plunger. It’s probably the best tool in the house for the money. I think everyone has at least one good story about a clogged toilet and in the end, your plunger may have saved the day. As a side note, not all plungers are the same, so don’t buy the cheapest plunger. Even if you splurge on purchasing a quality plunger, it will still cost you less than fifteen bucks.
Buy A Quality Plunger
If the plunger didn’t fix the problem, then purchase a closet auger. You can buy a three-foot closet auger at Home Depot for less than 10 dollars. Unfortunately, a six-foot auger jumps to just over 50 dollars, but it sure beats a service call from your plumber. And, you’ll always have an auger if the toilet ever gets clogged again.
Fixing A Slow Moving Sink Is Easy
The second drain is your bathroom sink drain. We get calls on bathroom sinks on a regular basis. If you have teenagers, you’re almost guaranteed to have a slow-moving drain at least a couple of times a year. When products such as toothpaste, hair gel, soap, lotion, and phlegm mixed with hair go down the drain, it becomes a recipe for a clogged sink drain. The mix of products and hair create a bacteria called black slime and it sticks to the sides of your drain building a black slimy hairball in your drain.
Make A Habit Of Regular Maintenance
Take a 1/2 a cup of baking soda and pour it down the sink, then add 1 cup of vinegar to the baking soda. Use a spatula to direct the baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Boil a kettle of water and pour it directly down the sink. Repeat if necessary. Make a habit of using this method for regular maintenance, and your drain will never get clogged. You can also maintain your drains from ever getting clogged using this method. The next time your sink or toilet gets clogged, fix it yourself and take the family to dinner with the savings. License #986152