Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tips for Unclogging a Bathroom Drain

Drains in the bathroom can easily become clogged by hair, cosmetics, and soapy residue. If your sink is slow or completely clogged, try these simple home remedies before calling in professional help.

•    Clear the drain – straighten a wire hanger while leaving a small hook at one end. Insert the hanger, hook-end first, as far as possible, wiggle it a bit, and slowly pull it out. This can remove blockage caused by hair and other trapped objects

•    Clear the pipes – place an empty bucket under the trap (the U-shaped pipe) below your sink. Use a wrench to loosen the slip nuts at the ends of the pipe and carefully remove the trap. Turn the trap upside down to empty it into the bucket. You may also need to clear the inside of the trap with your finger. Once cleared, simply put it back and tighten the nuts. Run water to test the seal before removing the bucket from underneath the trap.

If clearing the drain or trap doesn’t work, don’t fret. There are still plenty of items you already have at home that can help clear clogged drains.

Pouring the following things down your drain can often clear even the most stubborn clogs:

•    Boiling water
•    1/3 cup baking soda followed by 1/3 cup vinegar
•    ½ cup table salt mixed with ½ cup baking soda

For the last mixture, place ingredients into the drain dry and allow them to sit for 15-30 minutes. After this period pour boiling water down the drain for optimal results.

If these methods fail to produce results it may be time to call a plumber. Remember, caustic chemicals can be harmful to pipes and should be used only under the guidance of a trusted professional.