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Jerry Hardy

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I was a Building Contractor along with owning rental properties where I did most of the repairs myself. Its my pleasure to pass on to you some of the methods I had used in the past. Hopefully, this will save you the expense of hiring a professional to do the work.

Clearing Clogged Drains



In most cases clearing clogged drains can be accomplished without calling a plumber.  Try following the steps below.

 

1. CLEARING CLOGGED SINK DRAINS

 

*  Baking soda and vinegar

The cause of clogged drains, in most cases, is obstruction in the sink trap.  Try clearing it by pouring a quart of hot water in the drain followed by a half cup of baking soda.  After approximately 5 minutes, add one cup of vinegar and one cup of hot water.   Cover the drain opening and allow the solution to remain for 5 to 10 minutes, then pour in approximately one quart of boiling water.  Clogged drains in many cases can be cleared using this method. Check to see if this worked for you by running water from the tap. If the sink begins to fill, the next step is to remove the sink trap.

*  Removing the sink trapsink trap

This is the next step in clearing clogged drains if you did not succeed with baking soda and vinegar. Place a bucket under the trap assembly to catch any water laying in the sink or spill from the trap when you remove it. Loosen  the two joint nuts with channel locks or pipe wrench.  Continue to remove the joint nuts by hand until the trap is separated. Pour out the water  into the bucket below and inspect the contents.  If there is not a large amount of debris, your problem is located further in the plumbing.  You will now have to use a snake to relieve the clog.

*  Clearing clogged drains using a snake

In most cases, a simple hand snake can be used effectively for clearing clogged drains. I recommend using a snake with a minimum length of 12 feet.  With the trap still disassembled, insert the end of the snake into the drain until it will no longer advance.  Now, twist the  snake continuously while attempting to advance it further. When you feel the snake suddenly advancing, you have broken through the obstruction .  Advance the snake further to insure that there is not another clog further down the drain. If the hand snake will not release the clog, you can try a small power snake.  Holding the equipment in one hand, use the other hand to guide the snake into the drain while rotating the cable at slow speed. Continue feeding the snake into the drain until you break though the obstruction.

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2. CLEARING TOILET DRAIN 

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* Using a plunger

The first step in clearing clogged toilet drains is to turn off the water supply valve at the  wall  below the toilet tank. Using the  plunger, apply several sharp downward strokes.  As the water and debris get to a low level in the bowl, open the water valve long enough to half fill the tank above the bowl.  Now hold  down the flush handle until all the water leaves the tank and enters the bowl .  Continue plunging until all the water has left the bowl. Repeat the process several more times.  Next, open the water valve and allow the tank to fill completely.  Try flushing the toilet while being ready to use the plunger in case it doesn’t flush.  If it still will not flush, the next step will be to use a toilet snake.

* Using an auger

Insert the auger into the bowl drain opening until it hits the obstruction.  Now rotate  the handle clockwise while advancing the snake. Continue until the entire snake is in the drain.   Flush the toilet after removing the snake  and watch for a good water flow.  If it flushed well, you have solved your problem.  If, after having used the snake, you still have a flushing problem, that  indicates that their is an obstruction  further in the drain.  It will then be necessary to either remove the toilet and use a  toilet drain power snake or remove the drain clean-out cap and work from that area.  I would suggest calling a professional if your situation comes  to this point.

toilet auger

toilet auger

 

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11 Responses to “Clearing Clogged Drains”

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