Unclogging the drain is a pretty easy job if you know what’s causing the blockage. Otherwise, we advise that you call the professional plumbers in Santa Fe. You might have come across dozens of blogs claiming “The Following DIY Techniques Will Unclog a Drain”. It can get a little confusing and that’s alright because there are many ways to clear a blockage anywhere in the house.
However, before we begin one method we would like to advise against is using chemical cleaners such as Drano. Use Drano the right way and in the correct quantity, the clog will clear itself in less than 30 minutes. On the other hand, if you use it often, then you risk damaging the pipes. Since you don’t know what material your plumbing system is made of, a chemical with a high heating point can not only corrode the pipe but also cause perforations in the drainage system.
Following are a few tried and tested techniques of unclogging the drain:
Good ol’ Bent Wire Hanger
Before cooking up a concoction for the blockage, why not try the easiest method and see if it works. All you need for this is a coat hanger and then follow these steps:
- Straighten the hanger and then fold one end of the wire, making a small hook
- Remove the drain cover and gently insert the wire and hook it down into the drain
- The slower you go, the easier it will be for you to feel the blockage
- When you feel something catching the hook, twist the wire around and jerk it out
- Take a bowl of water and pour it down the drain
If the blockage is small this method will clear the line in no time.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
You probably know this method, but we are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to use these two ingredients to clear the drain. If it doesn’t work, you can always call the plumbers in Santa Fe.
- Take 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar
- Slowly pour the vinegar into the baking soda
- As soon as you see the bubbles rising, pour the mixture down the drain
- The fizz created by the combination of these two ingredients can remove any gunk, grime, and hair that has clogged the pipe
- Let the mixture sit in the pipe overnight
- In the morning, boil a pot of water and then pour it down the drain
The gunk that has come loose will now easily flow further down the pipeline and into the sewer.
The dish detergent trick is a bit nasty and requires a little elbow grease.
- Simply pour ¼ cup of dish detergent into the toilet bowl
- Boil a pot of water and pour it into the toilet bowl
- The dish soap works as a lubricant and the hot water softens the gunk
Any greasy residue will get dislodged, but your job is not finished yet. Now, you need to start plunging. So these are the three simple tricks you can try to unclog any drain pipe. If the problem returns after a few days, better call the professional plumbers in Santa Fe.