If you have a clogged drain, you realize what a major hassle it is. This article explores some common tips that you can attempt before you call in a professional.
Plungers and Snakes: Tools to Unclog a Drain
Don’t underestimate the power of a plunger. First off, some preparation. Put on rubber gloves and goggles. If there are any other connected sinks link a dual kitchen sink, block the other drain with a damp rag to prevent back-flow. Push the plunger up and down to break up the clog. Do this repeatedly until the clog loosens and flows freely, or until your arms get tired. Although, sometimes, a plunger will work to unclog a drain, if the clog doesn’t clear you’re probably going to have to call in a plumber. The next tool we will cover is the plumber’s snake.
A plumber’s snake should be used with caution. If you are too rough with it, you can end up damaging both the pipes and the snake itself. Push the snake down the pipe carefully. Repeat the process until the clog breaks, then pour tap water into the drain. If you don’t have one, and there is no plumbing supply company around, call in a licensed plumber to do it for you.
How to Unclog a Drain: Some Final Thoughts
There are a lot of drain clearing products out on store shelves. As your local plumber, we feel you need to we aware of certain safety procedures regarding them. Most of them are extremely dangerous acids and solvents.
If you’re going to use them, make sure you are wearing both safety goggles and rubber gloves. One of the acids used in drain cleaner is hydroflouric acid. If you spill this on your hands, it may not even feel like anything, however, it dissolves calcium, which in this case is your bones. As a result, you could end up debilitating or losing a finger. You may wish to call in a plumber.
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7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655