Have you ever had that time where you’re using the sink and all of a sudden water is backing up and you’re confused as to why it’s backed up? You’ve never put anything in your sink outside of water, toothpaste and easily drained items yet it still happens. Gunk, hair and any sort of build-up can cause these issues even if you haven’t put anything down there that you’d think would back things up. So what’s the next step?
What are my Options:
Let’s face it plumbing isn’t the easiest job in the world to pick up and there’s a reason why there are specific schools for an occupation just like this, so calling a professional is the safest way to go. However, depending on the issue that can rack up hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs, we know not everyone has that choice. Drano has been widely advertised as the option that “professionals” use and the easiest way for the lazy person to unclog the pipes. Most professionals will tell you not to use Drano as it as it’s a volatile, can heat up in temperature and can lead to cracking of the porcelain in your toilet or cause corrosion to ceramic pipes, which many older homes still have.
One alternative to Drano would be to obviously plunger it but that doesn’t always get everything, or anything at all if it’s a tough clog. This usually works best for a basic clog but anything deeply rooted and it won’t get everything you need.
Plunging Snake (Closet Auger):
These you can get home improvement stores and they are long with a coil and act to go into the pipe to break up the obstruction. They’re usually several feet long and once you stick the end of the snake into the pipe it hits the obstruction, you twist the end in your hand to grind away and hopefully, that’ll break up the blockage allowing free-flowing once again.
Vinegar & Baking soda:
This is a home remedy that is much less taxing on your plumbing by first pouring a box of baking soda in the toilet, then one bottle worth of white vinegar until it fizzes up. Give it a few minutes after that then dump a bucket of hot water to help speed up the reaction, let it sit for a night and then flush it out the next day.
So whatever comes along with a clogged pipe or drain there are numerous options that can save you a lot of money in the long run and ultimately isn’t that what we all want.
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