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DIY Tips to Unclog and Clean Drains in Orange County

Have you ever had plumbing problems in your home that can be unusually hard to diagnose? Fortunately enough, you do not necessarily have to conduct tests or get a consultation to determine whether you have a clogged drain or not. That’s because the signs are usually clear enough on their own.  It turns out that dealing with a clogged drain can typically have one of two outcomes:

  1. You end up cleaning out the clog on your own (possibly using one of the methods noted of in this very blog).
  2. You need assistance from a professional.

Regardless of which option you end up going with, cleaning your drain is the best way to prevent future plumbing problems from occurring in your home.  If you encounter a blockage or a clog in your drain, here are a few ways to unclog and clean your drain(s):

  • Take a wire hanger, bend it until it is straightened, then create a bent hook at one end of it. If you push the hook you just created into the sink, then you should be able to draw out whatever is causing the blockage.
  • Use the same method that has been noted above, but this time, wrap a small piece of cloth around the end of the wire hanger. This often proves to be an effective pushing method, which can help you break up and push the blockage down the drain that is causing you problems.
  • Mix one-third cup of vinegar with one-third cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture immediately down the drain, as it fizzes. Let the mixture sit in your drain for about an hour. You can even leave it overnight if you need to. When you’re done, rinse everything out with hot water.
  • Don’t have baking soda on hand? Try boiling up a kettle of hot water and very slowly pouring it down the drain. We recommend allowing ten seconds to go by between each pour to let the hot water do its work.
  • Place an empty bucket underneath the pipe of your sink (the pipe will be U-shaped), then use a wrench to loosen the slip nuts located at both ends.  Remove the trap and clean it of any debris that might be blocking your pipes.
  • Mix one-half cup of table salt with the one-half cup of baking soda.  Pour slowly down the drain.  Follow that mixture up 10 to 20 minutes later by pouring boiling water down the drain. This should help dissolve any blockage in your pipes.
  • Got a clogged toilet?  Don’t waste time being embarrassed. Instead, throw one-quarter cup of dish detergent down the toilet, then follow it up with boiling water.

If any of these drain cleaning methods fail to solve your problem, it’s probably time to call on the help of a professional plumber.

T Webber is here for all of your plumbing needs, whether it be unclogging your drain or something completely different. So, don’t wait and give T Webber a call today!

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