Sometimes a clogged drain isn’t that big an issue and can be easily handled with a little bit of work at home. However, after some basic good will attempts if you find yourself still struggling to get the dishwater or bathtub water flowing again, it might be time to call one of your local plumbers to make sure to get the problem handled as quickly as possible.
There are a wide variety of methods for dealing with kitchen sink plumbing in Waco, Texas. If you’re hesitant to call a professional, the good news is there are some fairly unconventional methods that are worth a shot, especially if the clog seems to have more to do with really slow emptying than a complete block or back up.
The first involve trying boiling water and soda pop. The first step is to clear out as much of the drain as you can see. For a bathtub this means removing hair and clogged up gunk that is right there on the surface. When dealing with a kitchen sink, you need to take out the stopper and clean it thoroughly, including the often overlooked underside. Soda can be very corrosive to clogs, and sometimes putting in a cup’s worth can help fizzle away enough of what is blocking the drain to help unclog it.
This can be followed up by a normal spray of hot water to try and wash it all through. When dealing with a clogged sink, others also choose to follow up the soda with a pot of boiling water that can be heated on the stove. Just as with dishes where sometimes you can watch the crud come off from super heated water, sometimes following a corrosive agent like soda with boiling water is enough to clear the clog or do enough to make your life easier for the moment.
When that fails to clear a plumbing problem, then obviously the next step up goes to try the non natural liquid pipe cleaners such as drain. However it is very important to always pay attention to what your purchasing as some even say not to use on sinks or not to use on toilets, etc. Make sure whatever you pick up is designed to unclog the specific type of clog that you are actually dealing with at the time.
Suppose despite your best efforts, and maybe even using the natural clearing methods before following up with the hard core pipe cleaning gel from your local hardware store, and it still doesn’t work. The good news is that you still have options for getting that drain unclogged and getting to where you want to be.
The next step is to use the plunger. While this is generally pretty self explanatory, one nice little trick that many people aren’t aware of is that you can place a thick coating of Vaseline or other petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger and that will help create a stronger, thicker seal that can pull stronger clogs out or help release whatever is keeping all the backed up water stuck.
When the plunger doesn’t work, it’s time to look at a sewer snake. These also go by the name of pipe snake, plumber snake, and a variety of other monikers. However it’s hard to find a better home tool to help you deal with a clogging issue in your plumbing pipes.
Following the instructions is critical, but the method is the same. The snake should allow you to feel the clog in the pipe, and then twist it, moving the snake back and forth in an attempt to dislodge everything. In this situation when you feel a lot of movement, cold water is usually the best way to go to move stuff out of the pipes, and then follow it up with piping hot water afterwards when you are fairly sure most of the clog is clear.
Sometimes despite all these efforts, nothing works and it is time to call a local professional to service your pipes in the Waco Texas area. A professional hand might be just what the situation calls for, especially when all these other methods fail.