A clogged drain can be a real nuisance and will definitely interrupt your activities. You can experience a clogged sink, toilet, floor drain or overflow plate. You can always try to unclog your drain using basic plumbing tools such as the plunger or the plumber's snake. However, if you discover that you have a stubborn clog, it is best to call in a plumber to clear your drain. This is because you may exert too much force on a pipe thus damaging it. You should therefore leave the job to the experts after a few failed attempts.
If your sink is draining slowly or if it will not drain at all, the best tool to use is a plunger. Make sure that the sink is filled partially with water then place the plunger at the mouth of the drain. You should vigorously plunge up and down severally before eventually pulling the plunger up. Check to see whether the water is draining at the normal rate or is still draining slowly.
You can attempt a few more times if the drain is still clogged. If you are unclogging a kitchen sink that has two bowls, you should close the opening of one bowl completely while you plunge the other bowl. If you need to plunge a bath sink, make sure you place a rag in the overflow hole.
If your toilet is clogged, you need to close the water supply to the toilet bowl by raising the lid of the tank and closing the toilet flapper. You can also close the supply of water to the toilet tank by closing the handle that is found behind the toilet near the floor. You can try and unclog the toilet by using a plunger. You should use a heavy duty plunger and to get a good seal, you can first soften the plunger by running hot water on it. The plunger should be submerged in water and should cover the hole properly.
You should pump the plunger vigorously and forcefully. You can repeat this action and try and flush after some attempts to see whether the toilet has unblocked. If not, you can move to the next step or you can call in a plumber to continue with the process. The next step will require the use of a plumber's snake. It is lowered down the toilet until the blockage is reached and broken into small pieces.
Tub Drain Clogs
When you want to unclog a bathtub drain, you can begin by using a plunger. You can remove the screen from the bath tub drain and remove any dirt such as soap and hair. In case the tub has a pop up drain, you should raise the lever and pull the stopper from the drain hole. You can then remove any soap and hair that is on the stopper. You should then use a rug to cover the holes which are below the overflow plate and then use the plunger to clear the clog. This process will normally unblock the tub drain. If the tub is still blocked, you can call a plumber who will use other tools such as the cable auger to unblock the drain.
James Hasapis is a member of a team of professional plumbers at Pipe Masters. They offer a wide variety of exceptional plumbing services in Greater Western Sydney. Some of the services offered include the unclogging of drains. For more information, please visit Pipe Masters website.