There are a few things you can try when you have a clogged drain. If a drain is simply moving slowly, a clog may be starting to form or the vent system may be blocked. You can use a chemical drain cleaner to open a slow-moving drain, but use caution: Their caustic nature can damage certain kinds of pipes and upset the delicate chemical balance of a septic system. And if the drain becomes fully clogged, the caustic solution that fills the pipes and backs up into the bathtub or sink can burn your skin and make it dangerous to plunge or use a snake to clear the drain.
Another option is to plunge the clogged drain at the fixture, or try to clear out a hair blockage in a sink or tub drain with the help of a straightened coat hanger. To do this, first remove the pop-ups where hair and debris can collect, and bend a small hook at one end of the hanger.
It is also possible to clear the blockage with a snake, working from the fixture or the branch cleanout. This can be a difficult and messy job, and is best left to a clogged drain clearing professional.
If your drain is still clogged or you just don't want to mess with the frustration trying to unclog a drain can cause, give us a call. You can rest assured that McGuires Express Plumbing will have your drain unclogged quickly and cleanly. We have a 24-hour emergency rooter service to unclog your drain quickly.
Safety Tip: Use chemical drain cleaners sparingly. They can damage your pipes and can be hard on the environment. Use only in a well-ventilated room and don't let chemicals come in contact with your skin, even when diluted with water. Never use the plunger and chemicals in combination: Caustic water could splash your skin. Wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and be sure to read all the labels and follow directions carefully. Some products are alkalis that cut grease, others are acids that dissolve clogs.
It's easier to open a drain than to clear a clogged one. Scalding water can clear clogged drains of grease. Install a strainer in kitchen and bathroom sinks to prevent hair and soap, small utensils, and other objects from slipping down the drains.