Dirty, clogged drains not only make your home smell foul but also help spread dangerous bacteria. To keep your home fresh and bacteria-free, here are some of the best ways to clean your drains.
Unclog in 3 Ways
The question is, what can you do to unclog your drains? You can try the following methods.
- Use a bent wire hanger
A pretty simple solution to your drain clog is to use a spare wire hanger. You can do this by first straightening the hanger and then creating a small hook at one end of the wire.
With this, you can pretty much fish around the plughole for any gunk that may be lying around. Do try to avoid pushing the hanger downward because it may push the blockage further down.
You want to use gentle prodding and hooking motions to help dislodge the blockage instead.
- Use wet/dry vacuum
Another way to clean your drain is to use wet and dry vacuum cleaners which can clear off much rougher and even damp dirt, water and other liquids.
If the blockage is high up, this method is your best bet. To do this, first, you want to create a seal over the plughole to avoid a mess, then turn on the vacuum for a couple of minutes.
Turn off the vacuum and run the water to see if your drain is clear of blockage. If not, repeat until you are satisfied.
- Use plungers
If you don’t have a vacuum, you can also try to use a plunger to remove the blockage. You need to choose the right plunger for each type of drain – a toilet plunger is best for toilets, but we suggest a cup plunger for smaller drains like your sink or shower.
First, unscrew the stopper and apply the plunger to the drain to create a tight seal. Plunge vigorously for a couple of minutes then check with water if the drain is clear.
Repeat as necessary.
Prevent Drain Clogs
They do say that prevention is better than cure, so if you don’t have a clogging problem yet or you’ve just solved one, try to avoid it in the future.
You can also avoid future drain clogs by remembering to never pour grease down your drain. You simply shouldn’t.
Liquid grease can harden over time and cause clogging in your drain and the sewer.
You also want to clean your drains regularly, not just when you have clogging. Pouring a few gallons of boiling water down the sink once a week and cleaning sink stoppers regularly should do the trick.
Call a Plumber
If all else fails, it’s time to call for reinforcements. Calling a plumber will get the job done in no time.
If you’re not sure what to consider when hiring a plumber, you can also check out this ultimate guide to choosing a plumber to help you.
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