We often take the plumbing systems within our homes for granted until a problem arises. From blocked drains and backed-up showers to issues with a septic system, the fact of the matter is that these and other issues can be quite frustrating. The good news is that some scenarios can often be correct without the need of a professional plumber. Let us therefore take a more in-depth look at the steps required to successfully unblock a drain. The chances are high that you will be able to save time as well as money.
Identifying the Source of the Problem
One frustrating aspect of drains is that issues will frequently occur at areas which can be difficult to reach. This is why you will first need to discover where the blockage is located. You can then determine whether or not a quality drain unblocker may be needed.
The most common area to find a clog is directly at the bottom of the trap associated with the fixture (sediment will often accumulate here thanks to gravity). If only one area of your home (such as the kitchen) fails to drain properly, the chances are high that the trap within that room is to blame. If more than one area is experiencing problems, it is likely that the blockage has occurred somewhere between two or more fixtures. In this case, a high-strength fluid designed to dissolve clogs can prove to be quite useful.
However, there can also be times when substances such as grease or fat have slowly narrowed the pipe to the point that no water can flow whatsoever. In such a situation, a pipe snake is often the best option to consider. This is also when it is wise to contact a plumbing firm. They will quickly identify what has gone wrong.
Corrective Techniques to Employ
For the sake of argument, let us assume that the blockage is found within the trap. In this case, the first step is to pour boiling water down the drain. Hot water can often help to dissolve substances such as fat. If this does not produce results, pour the recommended amount of a professional drain unblocker liquid down the pipework. It is normally wise to let this solution sit during the overnight hours. Chemical mechanisms will help to break down organic materials that may be present. Keep in mind that more than one application may be required if you are dealing with a massive clog.
Your final option is to physically disassemble the trap and associated pipework. You can then manually clean these elements or if necessary, even procure a larger trap so that instances of clogs are less likely in the future. Still, keep in mind that you should possess at least a basic working knowledge of the plumbing network in question. You might otherwise inadvertently damage pipes or gaskets.
Dealing with clogs does not necessarily have to represent a complicated project. Following the steps above can help to ensure that your home returns to normal in no time at all.