You might think your drain is the least of your worries. But if you've got a clogged drain, then you know how frustrating and inconvenient it can be. And if you're short on cash to call a plumber, then you may want to try clearing it yourself first. Luckily, there are plenty of things that can help get rid of a clog without spending any money at all! Here are five things you can do right now to clear your drains:
You can usually clear a slow-running or moderately clogged drain on your own.
Don't use chemical drain cleaners unless you have to.
Chemical drain cleaners are effective for some clogs, but they're not always the best approach. For example, most chemical drain cleaners contain acids like hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid that can erode the pipes if misused or at all.
Chemical drain cleaners often can have harsh chemicals in them that can irritate your skin if you spill or splash them on yourself. If a chemical drain cleaner does not remove your clog altogether, you may need to call a plumber to have it removed by hand.
Use the right equipment for the clog.
If you find yourself with a clogged toilet, you should use a plunger. If the clog is in your main sewer line, use a snake or auger to break it up and remove it. If the kitchen sink or shower drain is clogged, try using a snake first before calling a professional for help (and remember that trying to unclog these drains on your own can be dangerous).
Be safe and smart about plungers.
Plungers are great for clearing clogged drains Don't try to unclog a sink or tub drain with a plunger—the head is too big and will cause water to splash everywhere. It's also important to remember that plunging can be dangerous, so be cautious: never put your hand in the drain unless you're absolutely certain it's safe.
Also, make sure that you have the right-size plunger for your drain: if there isn't enough room for the plunger's cup to fit over all of your pipes, then it won't work as well! If you have an older house with smaller pipes than normal (or if it's especially old), then this could be an issue for you.
Know when to call a plumber.
If the clog is severe or if you are not sure what to do yourself, call a professional plumber. They will have the right tools and know exactly how to clear the drain for you.
If the clog is in your toilet, it's best left to a professional plumber. You could cause more damage if it is not done correctly. There are many different types of toilets, so call before attempting any repairs yourself!
If you think it could be in your main sewer line, call a licensed plumber immediately! This can be extremely dangerous since water and sewage flow through these pipes under high pressure; if there's an issue with them, then it needs immediate attention!
If you know how to unclog your drain and you know where to find the right equipment, then you can probably handle it yourself. If not, call a plumber. Otherwise, there’s no shame in doing as much research as possible before deciding whether or not to have someone else do it for you.
If you follow the tips above and still have problems, there are other options: ASAP Plumbing has professional drain cleaning services and can clear your clogged drain with just one call. We are more than happy to handle those tough clogs with persistence and care. Give us a call today for any plumbing needs you may have: (228) 865-ASAP. We proudly serve Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi!
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