How To Troubleshoot A Clogged Drain

How To Troubleshoot A Clogged Drain

No matter the age of your Ontario home, your drains can become clogged. We need our sinks and toilets to work, so when this happens it can be really stressful. However, there are some things you can do to troubleshoot and perhaps even fix a clogged drain. Here are the most common clogs and how you can try to repair them yourself:

Tackling Bathroom Drain Clogs

Both the vanity sink and shower drains clog easily. Hair, dirt, and soap scum can build up over time, causing the water pressure to reduce. Eventually, if left untreated, it can cause the pipes to completely clog. Tackling a minor clog is pretty easy. Start by pouring hot water down the drain to loosen the clog. Then take a plunger and pump the area, the pressure may force the clog to move. If you are really skilled, you can remove the drain elbow and clean it out. However, be careful on DIY plumbing because if fixed incorrectly can cause leaks that lead to erosion that can harm the foundation of your home.

Understanding Toilet Clogs

Clogged toilets are probably the worst clogs because of what they do. For the most part, toilet clogs are often caused by people flushing things that don’t dissolve including:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Paper towels
  • Diaper wipes

Unclogging these drains is really nasty business, however if it’s a minor clog, it’s pretty simple. Again, start with your plunger and pump at the drain, this can help force the clog down. Be prepared though, this can lead to some overflowing which can make an unpleasant mess. Toilets have pretty complicated plumbing, so if you can’t easily loosen the clog, call a professional. As they are connected to the neighborhood sewage line, a bad DIY job can lead to some pretty gross outcomes.

Working Out Kitchen Drain Clogs

Kitchen sink drains clog mostly because of food and debris poured down them. Even with a disposal, the leftover food can build up and lead to a clog. Kitchen drain clogs are tackled similarly to bathroom drain clogs. You start with running hot water down the drain, then taking the plunger to it. If you have the skills, you can also remove the elbow and try cleaning it out. Be careful though, kitchen sinks are pretty complicated, especially if there is a disposal that is connected to electricity. If you can’t easily loosen the drain or remove the elbow, your best bet is to call a professional plumber.

If you have tried all of these methods and you still have a clog, it’s time to call a plumber. Care One Plumbing in Ontario can help you deal with the toughest clogs. Not only will we assess and repair any clogs, we’ll give you advice on how to prevent clogs in the future. Our professionals are highly skilled and trustworthy and will make sure that your plumbing is working great. Call us today at our Ontario office to learn how we can help you take on your toughest clogs.