4 Easy Methods To Try
If you have a blocked drain in your bathroom or kitchen sink shower, or tub, you may be wondering how you can break up the clog and allow your plumbing fixtures to drain properly again. Clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues, and many blocked drains can be fixed with just a few simple DIY methods. Read on to learn about the steps you can take before you call a plumber!
1. Break Up A Clog With A Plunger
Just like you can break up a clog in a toilet with a plunger, you can do the same with a sink, tub, or shower. Cover the drain completely with the plunger, and make sure the area is wet for proper suction. Pump the plunger vigorously to create high pressure, which will help suction up the clog and break it apart. Then, run hot water through your drain to see whether or not the clog is gone.
Smaller clogs can usually be resolved with just a few pumps of a plunger – but it may not be possible to clear more stubborn clogs with a plunger alone.
2. Try Professional Drain Cleaner
Professional drain cleaning products use highly caustic chemicals that destroy grease and clogs, and they can help loosen up and remove blockages from your drain. Simply follow the instructions on the drain cleaner and apply it to your sink drain or your shower or bathtub drain to break up the clog.
Usually, you’ll need to let the drain cleaner rest for 30-60 minutes, then rinse it away with hot water. You can combine this with plunging or using a plumber’s snake for better results.
3. Use Vinegar And Baking Soda
This is a good alternative if you’d prefer not to use drain cleaner and want a more natural alternative. Dump a cup of baking soda down your drain, and follow it up with a cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda can help destroy and break apart clogs.
4. Use A Wire Hanger Or A Plumber’s Snake
A shallow drain blockage in a shower or a kitchen sink could be removable by simply using a metal wire hanger. Or, you could get a plumber’s snake at a hardware store for deeper clogs. Plumber’s snakes are long, flexible metal tubes tipped with a drill-like tip. You simply insert the snake into the drain, push it into the clog, and then turn it to grab onto the clog and break it apart. Snakes can usually reach at least 10 metres into your drain.
Call Wilco Plumbing To Get Help With
If none of the above methods work, you may need us to help remove the clog. Not all plumbing problems can be fixed on your own, and clogged drains are no exception.
For example, if you have blocked drains and you notice standing water on your lawn, for example, it’s possible that tree roots have damaged and clogged your water main or sewer line – you won’t be able to fix this yourself.
But if you have a drain blockage you can’t fix, don’t worry – Wilco Plumbing is here to help. From fixing burst pipes to maintaining your hot water system and clearing sink, shower, and bathtub drains, we do it all in Sydney. Contact us online or give us a call at 02 9186 3371 to get the plumbing services you need from trusted plumbers in Sydney.