Everyone can agree that indoor plumbing is one of the best modern inventions of all time. However, all plumbing systems develop clogs, there’s no candy-coating that. We’ll give you tips on clearing stubborn clogs in kitchen sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and floor drains.
These time-tested techniques can dislodge almost any clog. If the clog won’t clear after you’ve made a few attempts, you’ll have to admit defeat and turn the job over to a licensed plumber and drain cleaning specialist. Beware that if you exert too much force, it can cause permanent damage to the pipe or plumbing fixture.
Here are some specialized plumbing tools that should be in every household. They’re available at your local hardware store or home center and they’re relatively affordable.
- When trouble arises, the first tool you should reach for is your plunger. They aren’t just for the toilet, they work with most fixtures, including tubs, sinks, and of course toilets.
- For clogs located further down the drain pipe, turn to a cable auger, or a plumber’s snake. This is a long, flexible steel cable that is wound around a spool with a hand crank. They can be as long as 100 feet, but the 25-foot model is enough for most household clogs.
- For the worst clogs that are far away from the fixture, you can rent an electric power auger. The machine is a large cable auger that is powered by an electric motor. It’s very efficient at cutting through clogs, including tangled tree roots.
If you decide to rent an electric power auger, make sure that the agent instructs you on safely dispensing and retrieving the cable.
Need professional help clearing a drain?
If all attempts to clear the clogged drain fail, or if you aren’t comfortable using a cable auger or an electric power auger, contact a Kansas City plumber from A-1 Sewer & Septic Services Inc.
We have been cleaning and unclogging drains since 1968, and we’re confident that we can get down to the cause of the problem so your drains can up and running as fast as possible.