Q: I’m not sure how I should go about fixing a clogged drain. Can you provide some advice? What are a few simple ways to get the water flowing again?
Clogged drains are a common household problem—and they often catch you by surprise at the most inconvenient times. Here, we’ve compiled a list of quick, simple, do-it-yourself techniques for getting those drains to run freely.
1. Clean the stoppers.
Stoppers can accumulate food, dirt, hair, soap scum and all kinds of gross stuff. Remove your drain stoppers and clean them off completely.
2. Take the gunk out.
If you have a bathroom clog, look down your drain to check for hair that could be blocking the water flow. Use your finger to remove any hair or gunk you find (you can wear rubber gloves if you don’t want to use your bare finger). You can also use a bent hanger, needle-nose pliers or tweezers to help you remove the gunk.
3. Try a plunger.
Plungers can help you dislodge the gunk inside a clogged drain. Put enough water in the sink or bathtub to cover the bottom of the plunger, put the plunger over the drain and push down and up a few times. If necessary, block the overflow outlet with a rag to help with suction.
4. Use Drano®.
Drano® products are a great way to make clog-causing gunk disappear. The Drano® formula powerfully attacks and dissolves clogs without harming your plastic or metal pipes. Just remember to keep hands, face and children away from drains while using Drano®. Also, never use a plunger during or after use of a Drano® product. The formula may still be present in the drain and splash-back could occur.
To find the right Drano® product for your clog situation, check out our recent post: The Difference between Drano® Products.
5. Pre-empt the problem.
Prevent clogs before they happen. Place a drain screen over bathroom and kitchen drains to prevent food, hair, pieces of soap and other debris from leaving you with a clogged drain. You can usually find drain screens at bed and bath stores. Also, use Drano® Prevention on a regular basis. This product uses natural enzymes and bacteria to remove the gunk that could eventually lead to a clogged drain.
Although clogs can be a real nuisance, with the right measures, you can make them go away—and stay away. Good luck!