When you have a clogged drain, your first instinct might be to call a plumber. While a professional can help you unclog the mess, he or she will charge a hefty fee, and there are plenty of cost-effective ways to deal with a clogged drain on your own. Of course, if all else fails, don’t hesitate to call a plumber who can resolve the problem immediately. With that being said, here are four things to try before calling a plumber.
Wire hanger: When dealing with a clogged drain, homeowners usually want to avoid heading to the store or running out to the garage or tool shed. Fortunately with a wire clothes hanger, you can often remove enough dirt and grime to then run the water through and clean out the drain. Bend the hanger so it’s straight, turn on the water and start shoving the wire up and down in the drain. If you are successful, you will remove plenty of excess hair. At the same time, you will need to run the water for a bit to flush out the system.
Boiling water: If the hanger method doesn’t work and you still don’t want to call the plumber, you can (slowly) pour some boiling water down the drain. Try to pour the water in three stages so you can allow the water to work its way down the drain.
Plunger: Another quick and easy way to dislodge minor clogs is to use a plunger. Fill the sink with water, then use the plunger just like you would with a toilet.
Drain products: If all else fails and you don’t want to call up a plumber, you can head to the grocery store for a drain unclogging product. If this and the other three tips don’t work, you will probably want to call a professional.
It’s never fun dealing with a clogged drain. Not only is it gross, but it’s frustrating. Luckily you can avoid calling a plumber in most cases with these four ideas.
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