Clogged pipes

Can You Clean Clogged Drains Yourself?

You’re washing your face at the bathroom sink when you notice the water isn’t draining away – it’s backing up into the sink. Darn it, you have a clog. Clogged drains are one of the most common issues homeowners deal with and fixing them can be a headache. Every time you call a plumber out to fix the issue, you’ll be hit with a service charge, so can you figure out ways to clean clogs and backed-up drains yourself? Let’s find out what the average homeowner can and can’t do when it comes to clogs.

Is Cleaning a Clogged Drain Easy to Do Without a Plumber?

Many homeowners can learn a few techniques that can take care of minor to medium clogs. Let’s learn some quick solutions, more hands-on means, and when it’s time to call the professionals.

Quick Solutions

Some minor clogs might be taken care of with a few home remedies. Popular remedies include hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. First, slowly pour a gallon of freshly-boiled water down the affected drain.

The hot water can help break up deposits of fats, hair, soap, and other sink debris. If hot water alone doesn’t work, try dumping a cup of baking soda down the affected drain before adding half a cup of vinegar. Seal the drain and allow thirty minutes before rinsing with a gallon of hot water.

More Hands-On Solutions

Hot water, vinegar, and baking soda can aid with minor clogs, but they can’t always handle larger problems. Luckily there are some advanced methods for homeowners to attack their clogs.

The two most popular are plunging and using handheld snake cleaners. Unlike liquid cleaners, these auger tools are mechanical and won’t damage your home’s plumbing. Make sure you use the correct type of plunger for sinks, drains, and toilets. Cup shaped plungers are great for sink plunges. You can also pick up a mechanical snake cleaner for less than $20 at your local home improvement store. These tools are easy to use and can manually extract tougher clogs.

Say No to Liquid Drain Cleaners

Liquid drain cleaners are one of the most popular ways for homeowners to take care of their clogs, but these liquid drain cleaners are probably doing more harm than good. Popular brands like Drano and Liquid Plumr are nothing more than caustic chemicals that dissolve the clog like your stomach dissolves food. This seems well and good, but a quick fix comes at a severe cost to your plumbing’s components.

Liquid cleaning agents don’t just eat away at the clog, they eat away at your plumbing too. Frequent use of these agents can cause component failure and experts believe the chemicals leave a film on your pipes that makes them more susceptible to future clogs. To top it off most liquid cleaners are detrimental to the environment. These reasons and more are why you should keep liquid drain cleaners out of your home.

When You Should Call a Plumber

If you’re ever unsure of what you’re doing or are facing a tough clog – you should call Blue River Plumbing. If you can’t contend with the clog, don’t risk your time, energy, and possible damage to your plumbing components. We can clean up your issue quickly and for less of a cost that you probably think.

Clogs are a frequent nuisance to homeowners, but many clogs can be taken care of without having to call a plumber. First try quick methods, then move onto mechanical means to extract the clog. If you’d rather not try those yourself or if the clog is too tough, call us to get your pipes flowing again.