We are all familiar with those hard to ignore warning signs. Your kitchen sink is taking a whole lot longer to drain after washing the dishes and the water builds up around your feet as you stand in the shower, just to name a couple. Each of these, and many more, are obvious indicators, along with unpleasant odors, that you are soon to be faced with determining the best method to use to unclog drains.
You may start by thinking boiling water is an ideal solution to unclog drains. However, when the typical drain clog culprits like hair, dirt, oil, and soap scum accumulate in your drain pipe, boiling water is not an entirely effective solution. Though many people seem to feel that pouring the boiling water down your drain slowly in two or three steps, and allowing it to sit for a minute in between each step is a quick and easy way to unclog drains, more times than not this home method does not work. In fact, there are a variety of risks and issues affiliated with boiling water being poured down any drain, especially when those drain pipes are PVC pipes. Boiling water can actually soften and even melt the PVC joints, causing more problems than the clogged drain itself.
In addition to damaging the PCV pipes, boiling water may very well force the clog to move further into your drain pipes, making those clogged particles a whole lot harder to get at and remove. The team here at Steve Mull Plumbing wants to share with our valued clients some home techniques that can help you deal with that annoying clogged drain pipe.
Home Methods to Help Unclog Drains
The highly skilled and experienced professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing understand full well how frustrating a clogged drain can be. With that said we have a few home techniques you can try using to unclog drains and if these fail, then it’s time to reach out to our friendly, dedicated team of certified plumbers and technicians.
- The good old plunger – This simple but useful technique for unclogging drains has been around for a lifetime and can indeed be effective. The vacuum created in the drain/pipe by a simple plunger is what helps to remove the clog.
- A drain snake – The snake is a simple piece of equipment that can actually work wonders if used properly. Inserting the long, flexible rope made of metal with its spiral end into the drain and rotating it can quickly and effectively unclog drains of most any type.
- Liquid Plumber Clog Destroyer plus Pipeguard – This very thick gel is designed to cut through standing water and work overtime to dissolve very stubborn clogs. It can also help to prevent future clogs from occurring and eliminates unpleasant odors as well. It is safe for septic systems and pipe, including PVC, copper, plastic and even old pipes.
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we recognize that many homeowners take pride in being do-it-yourselfers, which is why we are sharing these simple, but often effective home techniques you can use to unclog drains. However, if you are not comfortable to perform any of these methods or have tried them but cannot seem to get the results you need, then look no further than the trained professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing. We are definitely the team for you. Our team of professionals is on hand to assist with all your clogged drains and other plumbing issues you may have. Simply give a shout out to our team and schedule your plumbing appointment today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round plumbing products and services this side of Tennessee!