How to Troubleshoot a Clogged Drain

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How to Troubleshoot a Clogged Drain

Sometimes, a drain in your kitchen sink, shower, or somewhere else can get clogged and if you are not having troubles with other slow draining toilets or sinks, the problem is probably local and has nothing to do with the main sewer drainage. Clogged drain can be disastrous, but the unclogging process is fairly simple. Still, there are a few things you should bear in mind when it comes to dealing with this issue.


Pouring Boiled Water

Pouring boiled water down the drain can unclog it since the main causes of a clogged drain are hair and soap combined with tepid water. This method is the first thing you should try, but keep in mind that you cannot pour boiled water down the drain if you have plastic pipes. Water that is hotter than 79 degrees Celsius can soften or damage PVC pipes. Moreover, make sure that you slowly pour the boiled water directly into the drain, not onto the porcelain.


Using a Plunger to Clear the Clog

If boiled water does not help you with your issue, try using a plunger. Basically, there are two types of plungers. The cup plunger is used for working in tubs and sinks, while the flange plunger is shaped particularly for working in toilets. If you have a clogged drain in your sink or bathtub, take a piece of duct tape and place it over the overflow hole. Fill with enough water to cover the rubber end of the plunger and make rapid, sharp plunges to get rid of the clog. Check the draining to see if you have succeeded.


Using the Auger to Unclog your Drain

If you could not clear the clog using the plunger, you may consider using a drain snake, also called an auger. Extend the auger cable into the drain and once you feel the clog, pull out approximately 30 centimetres of auger cable. Gently turn the auger crank handle and extend more cable as you feel your way through the clog. Repeat the process and flush with hot water when the drain starts flowing.


Clearing the Clogged Drain with Vinegar

If none of the mentioned methods does not help you, try pouring 1/4 litre of vinegar concentrate or white vinegar down the drain. Leave it to stand on the clog for about 20 minutes and flush it with hot water. It is even more effective if you use boiled water. Once you flushed the water, use a plunger to agitate the clog. You might need to cover the overflow hole with the duct tape again. Once done, flush the hot water repeatedly to secure free flow of the water down the drain.

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