Stuck in the first vertical section
Hair clogs often form around the stopper mechanism in the first vertical section. If water backs up quickly each time you use a drain, the problem is likely close to the drain opening in the tub or sink. To unclog a drain where hair is the culprit, use Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover.
Trapped in the trap
Most clogs that form in the “trap” (the second, U-shaped, horizontal section) are caused by foreign objects. In this case, eventually the object will have to be physically removed. Here’s how to clean a trap yourself, and remove that toy car (or clump of hair, or whatever!) without calling in a professional!
First, before you start unscrewing the pipe, be sure that there is not residual drain product left in the pipe. If a drain product was used, flush with at least three gallons of water, but still be very careful with handling the pipe since residual pipe cleaner can be left there. (If you experience a total blockage with drain product in the pipe, you should call a plumber.)
Next, put on rubber gloves. Then place a bucket underneath the pipe to collect water. Now you’re ready to unscrew the slip nuts on each side of the trap (or simply remove the clean-out plug if you have one). Let water drain into the bucket as shown.
Next, use a bent pipe cleaner to scrub the section of the pipe beyond the trap.
When you’re finished, reattach the trap and run some hot water through the sink to clear out any remaining grime.
Stuck in third
Clogs can also be caused by buildup in the third, lateral section of the pipe. Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover is effective on these clog types as well. Keep some on hand for its reliable clog-busting power!