A clogged drain is a plumbing problem that happens to everyone at some point. Gutters can become clogged with hair, soap scum, and food debris. When this happens, your drain will become slow or even stop draining completely.
You can take a few simple steps to fix a clogged drain. You will need to remove the clog to get your drain flowing again. This can be done with a plunger, a plumber’s snake, or by pouring boiling water down the drain.
How to Unclog a Drain with a Plunger
The first step is to clean off the plunger. You will want to ensure that the cup of the plunger is free of dirt or debris. Next, fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover the plunger cup. Place the plunger over the drain and push and pull the handle up and down. Be sure to keep a tight seal between the plunger and the drain. Continue plunging until the clog is removed.
How to Unclog a Drain with a Plumber’s Snake
If plunging does not work, you may need to use a plumber’s snake. First, remove any visible debris from around the drain. Insert the snake into the drain and push it through until you feel resistance. Once you feel resistance, turn the crank handle clockwise. This will help to break up the clog. Continue cranking until the clog is removed and water flows freely through the drain.
How to Unclog a Drain with Boiling Water
Boiling water can also be used to remove a clog. Be careful when using this method, as boiling water can damage pipes if not done correctly. First, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. Once boiling, carefully pour the water down the drain being sure not to splash any on yourself in the process. Pour slowly at first and then increase the speed as needed. The boiling water will help break up grease or oil that may be causing your clog. After pouring all the boiling water down the drain, run cold water for 30 seconds to cool down the pipes and flush out any remaining debris.
Clogged drains are annoying, but they are usually easy to fix. Before you call a plumber, try using a plunger, plumber’s snake, or boiling water to remove the clog yourself. With these simple tools and instructions, you can fix most clogged drains quickly and easily!