How to Avoid Water Damage to Your Home: Tips on Removing Drain Clogs

4/28/2014 3:16:00 PM


How to Deal with Clogged Drains

Clogs in kitchen and bathroom drains have the potential to do damage to your home. These clogs are often caused by: cooking oil, food bits, hair strands, and other small particles. Clogged drains can lead to floods from overflowing water.

An Easy Steps to Fix Drain Clogs:

  1. Do it yourself. Materials needed: plunger, chemical drain cleaner (there are now environmentally responsible options too), and vinegar. 1) Remove excess water from the sink or tub. 2) Wait until about 6 inches of pipe become visible. 3) Pour vinegar and leave overnight to soften hardened clogs. For sturdy clogs, use chemical drain cleaner. 4) Use a plunger to push down clogs.
  2. Call a professional plumber. Check out the license, insurance, and reputation of the plumber you chose to call. They should be  well-trained, and arrive on the job in a timely fashion. The plumbing job itself should be expertly completed in a timely manner. Note: Persistent and repetitive clogged drains may be due to split pipes and other serious problems. Contact a good plumber.

Prevention is the key:

Good prevention is effective tip to ensure the long-term health of your plumbing system. Do not treat the drain system like a trash can. Collection material that may accumulate to cause a clog before it goes down the drain. Ensure that leftover foods and used cooking are placed in separate garbage bags — not the drain. When a drain becomes slow, use vinegar and plunger to clear it (as suggested in step one) before it becomes fully clogged.

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