Do's And Don'ts For Clogged Drains

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There are many occasions where our Spartakus Plumbing experts have seen a simple clogged drain turn into a much bigger nightmare! You might think a clogged drain is simply an annoyance to your everyday bathroom use. However, if left unfixed, this small inconvenience can become a big problem for your entire plumbing system.

For minor issues, it’s a great idea to have a few at-home remedies ready to use when needed. So, our experts wanted to share a few “hacks” to help you unclog your own drain. If you’re the DIY type, see the tips below on what you can do! And, for the rest of us (LOL!), just call the experts here at Spartakus Plumbing.  

WHAT NOT TO DO
How frustrating is a clogged drain or toilet? Have you ever taken shower in a puddle? UGH! We’re here to tell you that it’s extremely important to be properly informed on what the easy solutions are, and why, in some instances, it could be the last thing you want to do.

Clog remover solutions are often not recommended by plumbers, as over time, they can harm the piping, especially if you have a reoccurring clog. 

That being said, if you’ve already used one in your sink or shower, It’s OK!

However, regardless if you’ve already used one in your sink, you should NEVER use everyday clog solutions in toilet bowls. The chemicals can linger in the bowl itself, damaging the porcelain and in some cases, cracking the bowl.

THE BAKING SODA & VINEGAR METHOD
For a natural way to unclog a drain, try using baking soda and vinegar. These two are great to have in your household cleaning toolbox, as they can be used for just about anything, including small clogs. You’ll want to start with a pot of boiling water and pour that down the drain. Next, grab your baking soda and pour about a half cup down the drain. Let it sit for about a minute. Finally, mix a cup of hot water and a cup of vinegar. Let this stand for about five minutes before rinsing with tap water. Remember, this method works best for small clogs. If your drain is still pooling when this method is finished, it’s probably time to call Spartakus Plumbing!

THE SODE METHOD
This method is a bit unconventional, but it works for small clogs! If you have a 2-liter bottle of cola, simply pour it down the drain and let the bubbles do the work. The ingredients in cola have shown that they have the capabilities to diminish small clogs and, long term, prove to be a less harmful method than other solutions. Strange, but true. Give it a try for yourself and be sure to rinse with warm water when the cola has drained.

PLUNGERS
Some clogs take a little bit of elbow grease to remove. While you may have a plunger for your toilet, consider investing in a plunger for your sink or shower drains. What you must know is the difference between the two. Many people don’t realize that plungers have different shapes for different purposes. If you use a sink plunger on a toilet, it likely will not have the same impact and your clog will still be present.

For your sink, you’ll want to choose a cup-shaped plunger. For your toilet, you’ll want a plunger that’s bell shaped, but with a small extension to the bottom that can fit into the bottom of the toilet, called the flange. The right plunger will work wonders when used properly.

CALL A PRO (Hint…That’s US!)
When you’ve tried it all, and the clog is still present, it’s time to call Spartakus Plumbing. A plumbing expert can typically identify the cause of the issue before taking an action plan. This will ensure the right unclogging method will be used from the outset as it may not be as simple as a clog.

As pipes get older or are less maintained, they are more likely to be corroded, which could also cause this issue. This would require other repairs to replace the pipes and prevent it from happening in the future.

MAINTENANCE
Once you’ve said good riddance to your pesky clog, make a good effort to prevent it from happening again. Here are some ideas to maintain your drains.
    · Invest in a drain catcher to prevent loose items from entering your pipes.
    · Never pour grease or food into your drain.
    · Once a week, boil water and pour it down your drain, rinsing with cold water from the sink. (Repeat this twice.)
    · Avoid using harsh chemicals in your drains.
    · Clean your kitchen sink and disposal.

A clear pipe is ideal for any household, but the reality is, clogs will happen. Keep these tips in mind the next time you see your drain slowing and take action by giving Spartakus Plumbing a call as soon as possible, to prevent it from getting worse