Fighting the Clogged
Of the most disgusting problems you might face in your home,
a clogged bathroom drain surely ranks near the top of the
list. But while it's disgusting, it's really not as difficult
as you sometimes think to correct the problem. Here are
the things you need to remember:
- The first thing to try with any clogged drain is the old-standby:
the plunger. The majority of clogs can be cleared
with just a few thrusts of this cheap plumber's friend.
Remember to try this before you use any chemical agent,
so that you don't risk splashing the chemical up on yourself.
- If the plunger doesn't work, the next step is to use a
chemical drain-opener. You can buy these at most
home-improvement or hardware stores--or just at your local
Wal-Mart. Remember to check the label though.
You need to make sure that the product you use can safely
be used on PVC pipes. Also, safety is an important
consideration with most of these chemical products.
Make sure you don't spill any on you, (Wear gloves!) and
never mix chemicals together. You never know what
reaction you might create--and some reactions could be
toxic. Give the chemicals some time to clear the clog
by themselves--before you decide to use the plunger also.
Remember: The idea is to avoid splashing chemicals while
plunging, if possible. If you do choose to plunge
after using chemical, once again, it's imperative that
you wear gloves.
- If you've tried the above steps, but to no avail, buy
a mechanical "snake" from a hardware store.
This device is made out of bendable metal that, when used,
can move through all of the drain's curves, pushing out
- Better than unclogging a drain is avoiding the clog in
the first place. There are several ways to do this.
Some of them are:
sure to use a drain-strainer in your sink to trap food,
hair and dirt which might tend to clog the drain.
than pouring food grease down the drain, use an old coffee
can to collect it.
an old trick that will help keep your drain clean that
involves vinegar and baking soda. Mix the two together
and then slowly pour the mixture into the drain.
This will help to melt any grease that has collected in
the drain before it becomes a more serious clog.
you'd prefer to stay away from the vinegar, then boil
a medium-size pan full of water once a week, then pour
the water down the drain. This achieves much the same
result as the vinegar mixture mentioned above.
last home-brew: Mix together an equal amount of
salt and baking soda and sprinkle this down the drain.
Then pour six or seven cups of boiling water down right
after the salt / baking soda mixture. Do this at night
so the drain can sit unused over night. Then the next
day, use hot tap water to flush out the drain.
is one other item to consider for the prevention of future
clogs: drainage traps.
These are inexpensive and do a good job of keeping small items
that have fallen into the drain from going further down the
pipes. This way, if you drop something such as a ring
or contact lens down into the drain, this trap will collect
the object. You'll need to remove a section of pipe
to retrieve any object that the trap has caught.
None of these steps will make unclogging your drain fun. However,
they will make the process of correcting the problem quicker
-- thus shortening the unpleasantness that the clog brings