Plumbing Tips for Unclogging Your Pipes

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Clogged pipes are one of the most common household problems. When any sink, shower drain, or garbage disposal is clogged, it can quickly create a major headache. The frustration experienced from clogged pipes can drive you to try most anything to dissolve the clog. So, what should you do? Here are some DIY steps to try before calling your local plumbing company.

Plunge It

A plunger may be your best bet for dealing with clogged pipes. Plungers work well for a slow running drain, a backed-up toilet, or a clogged kitchen sink. Pressure from the plunger pushes the clog down the drain. Though a somewhat lighter touch is best when using a plunger as excessive pressure may burst pipe seals. Avoid pouring boiling water to unclog any home drain. Some pipes, especially those located under sinks, are usually PVC pipes. PVC pipes are rated for a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Excessively hot water can melt the pipe resulting in costly damage. When in doubt, call the plumbing experts.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

What works best for minor clogs? Baking soda and vinegar is one of the easiest, most environmentally-friendly methods available. This home remedy works best for grease and soap scum clogs in your kitchen, bathroom sinks, and shower drains. Pour equal amounts of both down the drain and then seal it with a rubber stopper for 10 minutes or so. Stay away from using other common household chemicals like bleach or ammonia to unclog drains. It’s also best to avoid using consumer chemical drain cleaning products like Drano. Over time, pipes can corrode, causing an even bigger problem. And these chemicals are harmful to the environment, pets, and your family. If you find baking soda and vinegar don’t unclog the blockage, it’s best to call for help.

Snake Time

A snake is a plumbing tool that can bend its way through your pipes until it reaches the clog. When the blockage is hidden deep down in your pipes, a snake with a crank can be used to grab onto the blockage, such as balls of hair, and draw it out. There are electric-powered drain snakes and augers, but those are best used by trained plumbing technicians, so as not to irreparably damage your pipes from too much pressure.

Call Cool Blew

Struggling to unclog a sink or shower drain in your house? Cool Blew is here for all your plumbing repairs. Our certified and experienced technicians are available 24/7. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 623-872-2900.