The decline of heavy manufacturing has led businesses to diversify into a service economy in many cities. Plumber services along with other white collar sectors, such as insurance, legal, healthcare, and government are included in that group. Drain cleaner services can only be performed by one set of those professionals. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to clean a drain, there are some actions you can take before calling a plumber:
* Use a plunger – When the clogged drain has an overflow vent or second drain, this should be plugged before using the plunger. Then you fill up the basin with enough water to cover the top of the plunger, at which point you place it over the drain and compress. Do it as many times as needed. After unclogging, run a flow of warm water for several minutes.
* Use a do-it-yourself drain cleaner – Pour baking soda into the drain and follow it up with several small amounts of vinegar. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes after the last shot of vinegar and vigorously plunge the drain. Afterwards pour several quarts of scalding hot water and plunge again. As in the prior method, finish it all off by running warm water for several minutes.
* Remove the P-trap (or, S-trap) — Start by placing a bucket under the drain before actually removing the P or S trap to capture the water that will run out. Then you should clean the trap and pipes, while discarding the clog in the trash. Put the trap back in its place and run warm water from the tap for several minutes.
* Use a plumber’s snake – This is for the diehard do-it-yourselfer that has gone so far as to buy this tool of the plumbing trade. If you do have one, you probably know that it is preferable to have two people operating it. One person moves the snake down the drain while the other controls and turns it. It should be used carefully in order to avoid damaging the sink surfaces.
If perhaps after trying all three suggestions you still have a clogged drain problem, or you might not want to try any of them at all. In either situation the solution is to call a professional plumber that can solve your issue quickly. A backed up sink can be uncomfortable and stressful, so you should deal with the problem in a way that minimizes the effect on your day to day routine.
Whether you deal with the problem yourself or call a professional to help you out, after you have cleared your drain you will want to prevent it from happening to you again in the near future. There are several products out in the marketplace that you can periodically use to clean out your drains before a major clog develops. This preventive drainage maintenance routine can save you a lot of time, money and frustration. You can start now before you actually have a clogged drain. It is better to be safe than sorry.