Clearing Clogged Drains Made Easy

Clearing Clogged Drains Made Easy: Expert Tips from Your Contractor

Let’s face it: dealing with  clogged drains can really dampen your day. It always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times, like when the sink is filled with all sorts of stuff we’d rather not think about. But fear not! Clearing clogged drains deep in the pipe doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience. In fact, with a few simple steps, you can tackle that stubborn blockage and have your pipes flowing smoothly again in no time.

First things first, gather your supplies. You’ll need some basic tools like a plunger and a drain snake, which you can easily find at your local hardware store. As a side note, every household should have both tools. It’s time to get to work once you arm yourself with the right equipment.

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How to Clear Clogged Drains Deep in the Pipe

Why spend a fortune on a plumber when you can tackle clogged drains yourself? It’s not always necessary to break the bank for a simple fix. With a bit of know-how and some basic tools, you can often clear that pesky blockage without calling in the professionals. Plus, by taking matters into your own hands, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and save some money in the process.

There are several methods you can try to clear clogged drains, so don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works best for your situation. From using a plunger to employing a drain snake, there’s no shortage of DIY solutions. And remember, even if one method doesn’t work, there are plenty of others to try before resorting to calling for help. So roll up your sleeves and give it a shot – you might just surprise yourself with how handy you can be!

The Whole Truth About Liquid Drain Cleaners

Let’s chat about liquid drain cleaners before diving into unclogging methods. These cleaners can be helpful for slow-moving drains caused by hair, food, or other blockages. They break down the obstruction with their corrosive properties, allowing wastewater to flow freely. However, it’s crucial to handle them with care. Make sure you wear protective gear like gloves and glasses and only use as directed.

A drain cleaner such as Drano or Liquid Plumr works well on minor clogs and is not designed for major ones. Here is the problem with branded drain cleaners: their base is lye, which will eat away at organic matter such as hair, grease, etc. The cleaner will sit on the clog if the water isn’t draining. Eventually, someone will have to use a plunger or drain snake, and the chemicals (lye) in the cleaner can pose a risk to their skin and eyes. So, always exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when using liquid drain cleaners. If unsure, it’s best to explore other unclogging methods first. Your safety is a top priority!

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Some Great Information on Drain Cleaners

Something to remember: there are two types of drain cleaners; one is an acid that can harm pipes if not used correctly, and the other is lye-based, which will not harm your pipes. Drano and Liquid Plumr are lye-based, which is why they developed the gel drain cleaners so they don’t splash and sink to the clog quickly. Also, if your drain cleaner does not do the job and you need to call your plumber, remember to tell your plumber you used a chemical drain cleaner on your drains. Additionally, tell them if it was acid or lye-based. We only recommend branded lye-based drain cleaners or caustic-free drain cleaners like Bio-Clean and only on minor clogs or slow-moving drains. They are not designed to clear clogged drains deep in the drain pipe. 

Try This Drain Cleaning Method–––It Just Might Work

Grease build-up can sometimes be the culprit when dealing with a clogged kitchen sink. But don’t worry, there’s a simple solution that might just do the trick! Grab your trusty dish soap – it’s not just for cleaning dishes anymore. Start by squirting a few tablespoons of dish soap down the drain and let it sit for a bit. Use a quality branded dish soap with a strong degreaser like Dawn. The soap works its magic by breaking down the grease and loosening its grip on the pipe. After a few minutes, give the clog a kettle or two of boiling water. Carefully pour a few cups down the drain at a time, and watch as it helps clear the blockage and gets your sink flowing smoothly again. Of course, this is for minor kitchen clogs that may be slow-moving due to grease. 

The Best Method for Clearing Bathroom Sinks

For bathroom sink clogs, the best method is to remove the stopper from the sink. The clog is usually right at the top of the drain. Using a plastic Zip-It, drain weasel, or even a metal coat hanger will work to fish out the clog, which in most cases is a hairball wrapped in biofilm (black slime) at the top of the drain. Here is a link on how to remove a drain stopper

Warning: Baking soda and vinegar will not unclog your drain. Beyond the fizz of the chemical reaction, it will not clear a drain. In fact, science supports using apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair, not clear your drainVinegar cannot break down hair. Anyone using it to clear a clog is very misled. This idea has been floating around the internet for many years even plumbing companies blog about how it works wonders. However, ask any chemist, and they will tell you it does nothing to clear clogged drains. 

Weasel For Clear Clogged Drains

Take the Plunge – The Most Faithful Tool in the House

Let’s face it: a plunger is right up there with a screwdriver and hammer regarding household tools. It may be time to use a plunger to clear the clog if the above methods don’t work. Some homeowners may prefer this over other methods. This may surprise you, but “how to use a plunger” is a top-searched phrase on Google, so let’s not take it for granted that everyone knows how to use one. Here is a link to one of our posts on how to use a plunger. Be sure to use a sink plunger for sinks and a toilet plunger for toilets. Toilet plungers have an extended flange that fits into the toilet drain, while sink plungers just sit atop the sink drain.

Place the plunger over the drain. If this is a sink, be sure to block the overflow hole (typically near the rim of the sink) with a finger or wet rag. Also, fill the sink slightly with water. Slowly push down on the plunger’s handle to force water through the drain. Release the overflow hole, allow the plunger to rise again, block the hole, and repeat until the sink is clear.

Household Plungers

Take the Plunge on Your Toilet

There aren’t overflow drains for toilets, so DIY plumbers don’t need to worry about holding their hands over a hole inside the bowl. Ensure that the toilet flange is popped out of the bottom of the plunger before placing it in the toilet. Hold the plunger at an angle to fill the bell with as much water as possible. Next, place the plunger in the toilet drain and begin plunging. Stop every few plunges (10 or so) to refill the plunger bell, and then continue. Hopefully, this will push the clog through the toilet and clear the drain. Plungers are not designed to clear clogged drains deep in the drain pipe. You may need to call your licensed plumbing contractor for these types of drains.

A Drain Snake is a Sure Way of Clearing Clogged Drains

If the plunger didn’t quite do the trick and those DIY mixtures didn’t work their magic, don’t worry – there’s still hope! It might be time to break out the trusty drain snake. Purchase a handheld plumber snake for sinks with deep-seated clogs, maybe in the p-trap or beyond. These handy tools are perfect for home use and are designed to navigate through pipes easily. Slowly feed the snake into the drain, a little bit at a time, and then pull it back out, cleaning it off as you go. Keep repeating this process until you can pass the entire snake into the drain. Then, turn on the water to check if the drain is clear – it’s that simple!

Now, when it comes to toilets, you’ll need a toilet snake, also known as a closet auger. These special tools are designed specifically for toilet drains. Simply insert the snake into the toilet drain and crank the handle as you push it through. With some elbow grease, this should clear out most clogs in no time, leaving your toilet working like new again.

With the right tools and a positive attitude, you can tackle even the toughest clogs with ease! You can purchase a closet auger at Home Depot for $15 a handheld plumber snake, $15 at Harbor Freight, and $20 at Home Depot.

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Clearing clogged drains doesn’t have to be a daunting task, especially with expert guidance from Big B’s Plumbing. By following simple and effective methods such as using household items like dish soap or, employing plungers tailored to the specific drain and utilizing drain snakes when necessary, you can effectively tackle pesky blockages and restore proper flow to your plumbing system. Remember, whether it’s a kitchen sink or a toilet, Big B’s Plumbing has you covered with the knowledge and tools needed to keep your drains clear and your plumbing running smoothly. So don’t let a clogged drain dampen your day – with Big B’s Plumbing, you’re just a few steps away from a clear and hassle-free drainage system!

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