How to Clear a Clogged Drain of Kitchen and Washroom

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Clogged Drain of Kitchen and Washroom

London: Clearing a clogged drain in a sink, bathtub or toilet is often a fairly simple do-it-yourself project, if the correct approach is used. Following are some tips that can clear up clogs and help prevent them from happening again.

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But before using any of the tools or techniques described below, I recommend fishing in the drain with a piece of stiff wire, hooked at the end, to pull out wads of hair or other debris that might be causing the clog.

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Neglecting this step before using other tools could force the clog deeper into the drainpipes. Another obvious but important step: Always remove the plug and/or screen from a drain opening before attempting to use tools to remove clogs.

Force cup. This inexpensive tool also called a plunger or plumber’s friend is the key to opening many drains. I keep two types on hand: a full-size force cup with a large rubber cup for toilets, tubs, and large sinks, and a small one for bathroom sinks. Attempting to use a large force cup in a small sink can send water spewing in all directions.

A fixture should contain several inches of water for a force cup to work properly–run or pour some in if necessary. Another important step in using a force cup is to seal off overflow holes in the fixture. In a sink, these holes can be at the rear or under the rim. In a tub, the overflow is often concealed by a decorative plate or the lever that operates the tub drain.

Water pressure: A strong blast of water will sometimes dislodge drain clogs. Special tools to create the water jet are sold at some home centers and plumbing-supply outlets. I have had excellent results with a device called Drain King, a short rubber tube that screws to the end of a hose and is inserted into the clogged drain.

Plumber’s snake: This is a flexible cable, sold at most home centers and plumbing-supply outlets, that is inserted into drain openings to snag or break up drain clogs. Special snakes are available for toilets. A snake suitable for small drains can be bought for less than $10. It may be necessary to remove sink traps or other fittings in order to get a snake deep into a drain.

Chemicals. Chemical drain cleaners are useful in some situations, but my personal rule is to never use them unless a drain is at least partially open. The best use of chemical drain cleaners is in maintenance. Occasional use in a troublesome drain can help prevent serious clogs. source

Clear a Clogged Drain of Kitchen and Washroom

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