How to Unclog Your Drains and Pipes

Do you hate it when the water starts to pool at your feet while taking a shower? Or maybe there is a smell coming from your kitchen drain? These are just two examples of a clogged drain or pipe. As a homeowner, you never want to be left with this issue for long. Instead, you need to learn how to unclog your drains and pipes. And in this guide, we describe how.

Find Out What is Clogging Your Drains and Pipes

If you have a clogged drain or pipe, you need to figure out what is clogging it. There are many items that can clog your drain or pipe — food, oil, hair, toilet paper, feminine products and even toys are some of the most common reasons. Once you know what is causing your issues, then you can find the best solution that alleviates the problem.

Try DIY Solutions

While DIY solutions are not our first choice, it does work for some homeowners. Compostable items like hair, food, oil and toilet paper can go away with some solutions. A couple of options that may work for you include boiling water mixed with dish detergent or boiling water, baking soda and vinegar. These methods can break down or dissolve these issues.

Buy Professional Solutions

If your DIY methods are not working, the next step is to try out professional or commercial products. Products like Drano, Liquid Plumbr and Instant Power are a few options for you to choose from. However, always look at the instructions before using them. You also will not want to mix these chemicals with other products because you may cause a chemical reaction, which can be harmful.

Replace Your Drains and Pipes

In some cases, the only way to fix a clogged drain or pipe is to replace them. Replacing these items varies depending on the age of your pipes, the obstruction, rust and any other damages. In some instances, you will only need to replace a pipe or two, but in other cases, you will have to replace everything in the room. The best way to determine which option is to call a professional. Do not try to do this on your own unless you have experience or are a licensed plumber.

Call in a Professional

When in doubt, we always recommend calling in a professional if you cannot unclog your drains and pipes. A professional plumber knows exactly what to look for and has all the supplies to get it done. Valor Home Services does not do plumbing only jobs, but we can help with your plumbing in a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room remodel. Or, we can refer you out to a plumber that we trust. For more information or to book an appointment, give us a call today.