Clogged drains are probably the most common plumbing issue to date. That is because they can happen for a number of reasons. Whether backed up from soap residue, or blocked by a foreign object, clogged drains are common, but they are also a huge nuisance. They do not go away on their own, and exponentially worsen as time passes. So if you choose to neglect a backed-up drain problem, you could face some serious plumbing repairs and hefty bills down the line.
Clogged Drain Solutions
Be prepared to take action against a backed-up drain at all times, and never hesitate to get started. A simple DIY clogged drain kit should include some store-bought drain cleaner, a plastic drain snake, and some rubber gloves. These materials usually do the trick when it comes to a minor to moderate drain clog. For more serious clogs, you may need professional plumbing assistance. The best way to avoid a serious drain obstruction is to know how to detect the signs early enough to prevent them from getting worse. Continue reading to learn how to do just that, and take charge of your home’s plumbing for good!
Detecting Drain Clogs
Learning the early signs of a clogged drain is the best preventative method against serious drainage problems. Detect signs of clogged drains as soon as possible to reduce the negative effects they can cause to your home and plumbing if they worsen. Here’s what to look for when inspecting for clogged drains:
- Slowly draining water
- Large puddles accumulating around the drain
- Water coming back out of a sink drain
- Toilet water bubbling when faucet is being used
- Gurgling noises coming from drain
- Foul odors coming from drain
These are the most common, evident signs of a backed-up drain. But before calling a plumber, try to clear the drain yourself using some simple tools and methods. For instance, you can try this method:
Pour drain cleaner into the drain, wait 10 minutes, and then flush it with hot running water for several minutes. Afterwards, use your plastic drain snake to pull out any obstructions in the drain. Simply follow the instructions on the package. Once you have cleared the drain of hair, soap residue, floss, and whatever else was down there, flush the drain again with water for a few minutes to see if it worked. If it did not, you can try using a plunger; and if that does not work, it is best to call a licensed plumber for professional assistance.
Note: You can use baking soda and distilled white vinegar instead of store-bought cleaner if you prefer a chemical-free solution. Simply combine a 1/2 cup of baking soda and a 1/4 cup of table salt, and pour it in the drain. Then pour heated distilled white vinegar afterwards. Wait 15 minutes and then flush with tap water for several more!