Clogged Drains: Common Plumbing Problem

Without a doubt, clogged drains are the first and foremost thought of problem in a house where a plumber may need to get involved. Even if the homeowner's first thought is "Liquid Plumber" to fix a drain clog, he or she is still on that same thought track.

The professional plumbers domain is the network of pipes, drains, faucets and connections that run water all though out a house. So, naturally, when a clog or backup occurs it is a plumber who would handle the situation. The only difference is how severe does a clogged drain need to be to actually call out a professional and spend all that money. Here are some helpful suggestions for a do-it-yourselfer homeowner to try before calling out their local Home Angels Plumbing Expert.

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  • Clogged Drains Plumbing Problem 1: Baking Soda: Remove as much of the liquid that’s backed up as you can. Toss 1 cup of baking soda into the drain then pour a large pot or kettle of boiling hot water over top. If it empties completely, pour down another kettle to give it another hot flush and then let cool water run from the tap for a couple minutes.
  • Clogged Drains Plumbing Problem 2: Vinegar Tried and true method: Remove as much liquid as you can. Toss in 1 cup of baking soda, then pour down a cup of household vinegar, plug with the stopper then let sit for half an hour. After about 30 minutes, unplug and pour a kettle full of hot water on top. Seethis page from thegoodhuman.com and thisthis one from treehugger.com for more details. This is the method I’ve grown up with and it works even if there’s still liquid backed up (although it works faster without water). Just double the baking soda & vinegar amount, give it about an hour and things have fully emptied, dump more fresh batches of boiling water 2 or 3 times to completely clear out the gunk.
  • Clogged Drains Plumbing Problem 3: Plunging Use a small plunger to try forcing things to clear. You’ll need a few inches of liquid in the sink to help make a vacuum seal for the plunger and a few forceful plunges to make this work. You can buy a plunger that’s about a 1/3 of the size of a regular toilet plunger. These are only a couple bucks, need very little room and they’re great to keep just in case trouble rears. You can use a full sized one if you can’t find a small one

If you have tried the tree simple tips above and you still cannot get water to drain out of your sink, it maybe time to call in a professional. The last thing to try is removing the trap in the pipe itself and using a plumbers snake to clean it and the piece of pipe beyond the trap. But really this is already starting to do what a plumber would do for you if you called a professional and you may not have the best luck putting everything back together.

If you have an emergency clog or clogged pipe system call Home Angels and get the quality, friendly and cost effective professional plumber that will fix the problem fast and right the first time.

Home Angels professional plumbing service will come out to your house, day or night to take care of your clogged drains or blocked pipes and any other severe plumbing or restoration problem caused by it.

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