How to Unclog Bathroom Drain
Everyone has probably encountered having blocked bathroom drain. You can just imagine showering, when suddenly, you feel the water starts to rise from beneath your feet. You stopped showering, but the water is still there. Disgusting! Or maybe while you are brushing your teeth, suddenly you notice that your sink is half-way full. What would you do? Would you call an emergency drain cleaning Melbourne specialist? Or would you like to unclog bathroom drain yourself?
If you choose the latter, then here are some of the effective ways on how to unclog bathroom drain. But before you try these methods, first, you need to know how your bathroom drains get clogged. Knowing what causes clogging can help you prevent such plumbing issue from occurring in the future.
Clogged drains occur when materials such as hair, plastic, dust and other particles get trapped in the area between your drain and pipes. The plumbing problem is further aggravated when personal care and household products such as bathing soaps, shampoos, conditioners and detergents are able to build up.
Before clogged drains occur, you will usually notice that the flow of wastewater from your drain to your pipeline is running slow. If this symptom is ignored, further accumulation of hair, soaps, etc will result in a complete blockage of the drain – completely preventing the passage of wastewater. This occurrence is known as a clogged bathroom drain.
If you have a clogged drain or if your bathroom drain is draining slower than usual, there are a couple of homemade solutions you can do to remedy this plumbing issue. Whether it’s the bathtub drain or sink drain, the first action you need to take is to remove the stopper. Some sink drain stopper can be easily pulled right out, while other have complicated mechanisms, which may require a bit of research and equipment. So make sure to have a pair of longnose pliers, Philip screwdriver and flat head screwdriver. If you are dealing with bathtub drain clog, you can either remove the stopper using a screwdriver or remove the overflow plate to remove the drain assembly.
After removing the stopper, you should be able to see the cause of the clog. Remove the clog using longnose pliers. Before reattaching the stopper, try to run water into the drain. If water is still draining slowly, then there is a clog deeper in the pipes. You can try using a plunger to remove the clog.
You can also try removing the clog using washing soda. Pour it into the drain and add hot vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes. Then run with hot water for about 2-3 minutes and then with room temperature water. If you only have baking soda, put it in a ½ inch deep baking pan and bake for 1 hour at 200°C to remove excess carbon dioxide.
If all of these failed, you may resort to chemical drain cleaner. But remember, this should only be your last resort. Bear in mind that while chemical drain cleaners are specifically manufactured to unclog a bathroom drain, it is also dangerous to your health and also to your bathroom fixtures.
If all else fails, then the problem is more complex that it needs someone with professional skills and experience to resolve. At this point, you may call a trusted emergency plumber in Melbourne like Blocked Drain Plumbers to resolve this plumbing issue for you.