Clogged Pipes and Stopped Drains?
Nothing is worse than finding that water is backing up in your sink, tub or toilet. You can try some DIY fixes such as using your plunger on the toilet, running hot water down your sink or tub or even checking your outflow pipes. If this doesn't work, you need help from a professional pronto! As a last resort, you could try using a hand auger or snake yourself, but this can lead to a seriously messy situation. Whether your clogged pipes are carrying water or waste, the backflow from a blockage can cause problems throughout your home.
Steer Clear of Toxic Chemicals
Before you reach for expensive and toxic chemicals to attempt to break through a backed-up pipe, start by ransacking your kitchen! Nearly every child learns about an explosive combination of materials in school that will help get rid of a clog in your drain: vinegar and baking soda. If you've already tried dumping boiling water in and it didn't help (Note: the water must be boiling!), then dump a good portion of a box of baking soda down your drain without any water running. Get your metal stopper or some rags ready, and then pour in approximately a half-cup of vinegar and cover the drain. This will often have enough pressure to push through sticky messes. After 30 minutes, pour boiling water down the drain to clear.
maintenance is Critical
Keeping your drain clean and performing routine maintenance is by far the best option. That way, you're not risking damage to your pipes -- which can be costly and time-consuming. Pouring boiling water down the drain on a regular basis helps clear out any biological materials, and a small handful of baking soda or splash of vinegar keeps things smelling fresh.
Still need help? The knowledgeable professionals at Conner Plumbing work with your schedule to deliver exceptional customer service and assist you in protecting your home from plumbing disasters.