Drains are covered by numerous things that fall into them. Often, it is simply an accumulation of “dirt” in general that causes them to become clogged. There are numerous ways to unclog drains, but in this article, I will help you unclog the drains without spending a lot of money on chemical unloaders or Drain Rescue Plumbers.
How to Unclog Drains without Liquid Plumber or Drain-O
1- The first step is to have your tools ready. Usually, you will only have a small pair of tweezers and a draining snake. A snake leak is a low-cost device that can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. (Usually less than $ 10). They will last you for years.
2- For a standard sick bath, there is a plug that is usually on the way. To remove the plug, go under the sink (usually in a closet) and have someone move the handle plug. You will see behind the pipe; the shooter moves up and down. It is connected to a small metal stick that goes into the drain tube. There is usually only 1 single “nut” or “hand screw nut” that is holding in the pipe. Remove this nut and pull the lever from the pipe. Now, remove the plug from the battery.
3- Start feeding the snake through the hole in the sink where the plug was located. Turn and turn the snake (which feels a bit uncomfortable). Keep feeding, turning, and turning the snake and then pull it out. Usually, there will be a good amount of unpleasant hair and dirt trapped at the end of the snake. Pull this dirt off, and continue feeding the snake again until the snake becomes free of “mud.”
4- Run the sink, make sure the water drains very well now. If not, repeat step 3. Most of the time, there is only 1 hindrance, so if you get a large mass at the end of the snake, you probably got it.
5- Reverse the procedure in step 2 to reassemble the plug in the sink. It is a little difficult sometimes to get the plug on the “stick” to enter the pipe. You will know what you have done when you move the stop pull up and down and see the opening and closing of the stopper.
6- For bathtub and shower drains, the procedure is similar to the snake. However, entering the drain may be different. Bathtubs have an “overflow” drain usually in the front of the tub. You can remove this with a couple of screws (usually). Run the snake for this. (It’s called left clean). Run the snake up and down this until the obstruction is removed.
7- Stand-alone showers usually have a small grate that is on top of the drain. These vary a bit, but they are usually well screwed (with obvious screws), or simply pop-off and pop-on. Remove the cover either by unscrewing it or gently one of its sides. Run the snake by twisting and turning while feeding more snake in the drain.
8- If a plunger does not work on a toilet, a snake tube can work so well. As gross as it sounds, runs the right snake down the “hole” in the toilet so you can get it.