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Tips For Clearing Clogged Drains

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Happy Drains, Happy Plumbing!

There are few plumbing problems worse than seeing standing water in a sink or tub. In most cases, this is an indication that a drain has a clog that needs to be removed as quickly as possible. Let's take a look at some easy strategies to diagnose where a clog is located, the material that is likely causing it, and how to get rid of the obstruction in a timely manner.

How Do You Know What Is Causing the Clog?

As a general rule, most kitchen drain issues are caused by grease, fat or other oily byproducts. In the bathroom, a drain will often be clogged by hair, soap or shampoo. There is also a chance that an object such as a razor blade, wedding ring or children's toy will be the cause of a slow or blocked pipe. Knowing the cause of your drain problem will help you develop a strategy for removing it.

How Do You Know Where the Clog Is Located?

To determine where the clog is most likely located, run the water until it starts to come back into the sink or tub. If water starts coming back up in a matter of seconds, you know that the clog is relatively high in the drain, which means that it should be easy to remove. In such a scenario, you should be able to get rid of the clog by pouring a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water into the obstructed pipe.

If it takes between 30 to 60 seconds for water to start coming back into the sink or tub, it means that the clog is located deeper in the drain. It may be necessary to take the pipe apart to remove the material that is causing the obstruction. Alternatively, you may need to use a snake to get rid of the mess.

Don't Use Chemical Cleaners

Chemical cleaners may cause significant damage to pipes and other plumbing components. Furthermore, they can create dangerous fumes that can become airborne and make their way throughout your entire house. Finally, if a drain is blocked by a solid object, a chemical cleaner won't be able to dissolve it.

Do You Need to Call a Plumber?

If you're unable to clear a slow, blocked or clogged drain, contact the folks at Nuckols Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for help. We have the tools, skills and experience necessary to ensure that your home's plumbing system works like it's supposed to. Give us a call at (804) 214-2077 to get started!