Clear Clogged Drains on Your Own

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by Nicole on April 25, 2011 · 2 comments

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Calling the plumber for a clogged drain is a cost that you simply do not need to take on. Most of the time, unclogging drains is something the average mom can handle, even without a man in the home. By learning to take care of this small problem on your own, you can save many hours of frustration and lots of dollars out of your household budget.

The first thing you need to do if you have a clogged drain is feel around for any obvious blockages you can reach with your hand. If this is not the problem, then consider a drain cleaner you can purchase at a local retailer. These chemicals create a dense foam that pushes out the clog when you run water through the pipes. For most hair balls and other common clogs, this works very well.

Sometimes, however, the clog is going to be a little too large or dense for a drain cleaning liquid foam. In this case, invest in a small, inexpensive tool called a drain snake. This consists of a long piece of flexible metal that is usually attached to an auger. Using the auger, send the snake down the drain. Usually it will grab on to the clog and remove it, allowing you to use your drains once again.

If these two tricks and a combination of the two do not solve the problem, follow your pipes to see if you can locate a trap that needs to be cleaned. If that is not possible or you cannot solve the problem in this way, you may need professional help for unclogging drains, but you will call the plumber knowing you did everything possible to fix the problem on your own!

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.


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Karen April 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Drain snakes are the best thing to save money on your pipes. You don’t need to call or pay anyone just stick it down there and it can unclog most anything!

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Savannah April 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

That’s definitely a good alternative to chemicals that may or may not do their job!

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