Do you have a blocked drain in your home? Clogged sinks and toilets are complete nightmares. They are terribly inconvenient for homeowners. They cause damages to your home and produce an unsafe environment for everyone living in it. Removing clogs should be easy with an auger or a snake. But what if you don’t have one at home? Well, don’t worry.
Here are some of the few ways on how to unclog a drain without a snake:
Run Hot Water
If you have a clog in your kitchen or bathroom drain, you can try pouring hot water in it for about 5 to 10 minutes. This should help loose the clog, which is often fats, oil and grease; that is partially blocking the drain. It will also loosen food particles, soap scum or makeup residue that’s attached to the walls or sides of your pipes. Although this will not totally clear the entire clog and it only works for partially blocked pipes. If doing this repeatedly has not removed all the blockage, it helps. So, it is worth mentioning.
Pour Chemical Drain Cleaning Solution
Chemical drain cleaners such as oxidizing drain cleaners, caustic drain cleaners, and acids, have been proven effective against many sorts of blockages. You may also try commercial drain cleaners that contain smaller amounts of muriatic acid. These cleaners will break down anything that is clogging your pipe. What these chemical drain cleaners do is to alter the chemical composition of the clog and then create a reaction that breaks the clog down and carry them through the pipeline. Nevertheless, no matter what chemical drain cleaner you use, make sure to follow the directions and safety precautions provided by their manufacturer.
Use a Plunger
Another safe way of dealing with clogged drain is using a plunger after you poured hot water or drain cleaners into the drain. Using a plunger, you can apply more pressure to the clog inside the pipeline. When you use this in conjunction with running water, it will help loosen the clog from the walls of the pipes and free it entirely.
High Pressure Water
Applying high pressure water into the plumbing line is also another efficient method of drain cleaning. However, this must be done carefully as you don’t want your pipes to get damaged. To start with, locate the clean out plug and connect the high-pressure nozzle to your garden hose. Then slowly start to open the hose and allow the water to flush through. This will prevent the water from backing up and flooding your home. As you progress, slowly build up pressure by opening the bit by bit until the pipeline is clear.
Take note that while these remedies are efficient against many types of clogs, they don’t work on all types of blockages. Some blockages such as tree roots require the skills, knowledge and equipment that only licensed emergency plumbers can provide. So if you have a persistent clog or if you think that the plumbing issue is beyond your skills, don’t hesitate to call in an expert.
Remember, if you encountered any plumbing emergency such as blocked toilets, drains or if you need drain cleaning in Melbourne, contact us on 0412 738 874 or you can leave a message on our contact form.