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How to Clear a Clogged Drain

Clear a Clogged Drain

The need to clear a clogged drain can prove frustrating and exhausting. However, the alternative is much worse. To get your plumbing in working order, you need to have the right tools, materials, and techniques.

Hence, the team at Aquadrain would like you to know exactly how to clear a clogged drain.

With Plungers

Clear a Clogged Drain plunger

A plunger is a well-known and effective tool for clearing a clogged drain. Using the principles of suction, a plunger can loosen and break up the debris that obstructs the flow of water.

When using a plunger, you need to ensure that the water level is high enough to cover the cup of the plunger. Then you can cover the drain and press down with enough force to create a suction. Afterward, you need to push the plunger up and down and quickly pull it away after a few pushes. Repeat the tasks a few times if necessary.

With A Drain Snake

If a plunger’s suction proves insufficient to clear a clogged drain, you might consider a drain snake instead.

Also known as a plumber’s snake or a plumber’s auger, a drain snake is a flexible cable of significant length with a spiral auger attached to one of its ends and a handle on the other. The cable is inserted into a clogged drain, auger first, and used to dislodge and break up debris clogging the drain.

Do note that drain snakes come in different sizes and are not recommended for certain kinds of pipes, like PVC pipes. Using the wrong size snake can be ineffective. Using a snake in a pipe that can’t handle it can cause damage.

Also if the clog is caused by a single object, the drain snake can push it further in and make clearing the clogged drain harder.

With Chemical Drain Cleaners

Extremely stubborn clogs can be removed with some chemical assistance. A chemical drain cleaner contains strong acids or bases that can liquefy and dissolve any debris clogging the drain. The chemicals are quite strong so you need to be careful when using them to avoid injuring yourself.

To ensure the best results, you should follow the product’s instructions to the letter and make sure there is no water standing in the drain or sink. After you pour the recommended amount into the drain and wait for the recommended period (typically 15 minutes to an hour), you then pour hot water into the drain. This flushes the chemical cleaner and the remaining debris away.

The caustic nature of chemical cleaners makes them a danger not just to you but to your pipes as well. Using them too many times will wear down and weaken your pipes.

With Professional Help

Clear a Clogged Drain professional

When all your attempts have failed or if you don’t know what to do to clear a clogged drain, there is no shame in hiring plumbing services to fix the problem. A plumber will have the tools and experience to hone in on the exact cause of your problem and know exactly how to fix it.

More esoteric problems like a blockage in the main sewer line or tree root intrusions are best handled by plumbers. These issues present very serious problems that the average person isn’t equipped to handle.

Hiring a plumber to unclog a drain may be the most expensive option but it is also the most effective. Not only is your drain unclogged in short order but the professional work done will prevent further damage to your pipes and increase your plumbing’s longevity.

Aquadrain Plumbing Services – Trusted Ottawa Plumbing and Draining

Trying to clear a clogged drain can be an exasperating and tricky process. The risk to your plumbing and your person is significant. Following the tips provided can help you make the process safer and more effective.

Please contact us if you need any professional plumbing in Ottawa. Aquadrain Plumbing Services has provided top-notch and cost-effective plumbing to Ottawa since 2004. Whatever your plumbing needs may be, contact us and we go the extra mile to leave you satisfied with our work.