Normally, clogging is a gradual problem that starts off as a slow drain, which deteriorates into a fully blocked drain if ignored. It is highly advisable to try unclogging your drain as soon as you notice the first signs of a drainage block. Although a drain clog appears harmless at first, such as a slow-draining sink or a small pool of water at the shower, it can become a messy and very expensive plumbing problem if it is not fixed in time. Mostly, serious clogging problems occur due to negligence and problem ignorance. In some cases, you can solve a minor clogging problem by implementing simple DIY tactics. However, you are advised to consult a professional plumber as soon as the problem escalates. You should call any reliable plumber in Leander even before the drain has become fully clogged and the drainage system has started to backup. Depending on the severity of your clogging problem, some of the following DIY tips might come in handy.
The easiest and quickest DIY method of unclogging a drain is by pouring hot water down the drain. Grease, fats, and other natural oils from soaps, greasy kitchen utensils and oily foodstuffs are some of the most common causes of clogging. These elements coalesce over time to form gunk and then they trap other “clingy” objects inside the drainage pipes; thereby causing a clog. In this method, hot water is meant to melt this gunk stuff and free the other trapped materials; hence unblocking the drain. Pour the water periodically; allowing several seconds between each pour to enhance the effect.
For a minor clogging issue, you can “fish” around in the drain using an improvised hook to pull out sludge, hair, and any other stringy or slimy stuff that might be blocking the flow. Start by straightening out an ordinary metal coat hanger and then curling or bending one of its ends to create a hook. Hold the straight end and use the curved end to hook and pool out the stuff that is trapped beneath the drain cover — avoid pushing the stuff further into the drain. After pulling substantial amounts of the clogging stuff out, pour hot water into the drain and see if it clears.
This is the most popular DIY clogging method in any blocked drainage system. Although it’s relatively small in size, a plunger is quite functional when it comes to drainage problems. To optimize its “sucking” power, ensure that the plunger cup is fully covered in water; indicating that it is also full of water. Press the handle downwards to create a seal between the clogged drain hole, whether a sink or toilet, and the cup. Plunge or pull the plunger upwards and repeat the process rapidly until the clog is loosened, then flush the drain with hot water.
If all the above DIY methods fail, you can try to flush the drain with home-improvised chemical-based drain cleaners. There are two chemical-based home remedies for clogged drains. You can either use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda or a mixture of water and caustic soda (Sodium Hydroxide). Pour either of the two concoctions down the drain and then flush it with hot water.
Word of caution — caustic soda is hazardous; you should always use protective gear (goggles and rubber gloves) when using it.