Don’t be the homeowner who stands in ankle deep bathwater, watches the water in the bathroom sink slowly seep down the drain, or recoils at the sight of puddles dotting your backyard. These hassles can all be avoided with simple maintenance tips.
With years of expertise working with all types of drain issues, the plumbing experts at Central Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are there for you when these tips aren’t enough.
Use a Wire Coat Hangar as a Drain Snake
Using a simple wire coat hangar with a hook bent at the end, you can take care of most local drain clogs. Just be careful with the hangar, as you don’t want to inadvertently damage the pipes you are trying to clear. Some hardware stores have simple plastic drain snakes that will easily take care of any hair causing clogs.
Use an Alternative to Over the Counter Drain Chemicals
These chemicals may do the trick the first or second time poured down the drain. However, the chemicals are harmful to the linings of your pipes and can lead to costly repairs down the road. Try flushing the drains with boiling water. This will dislodge a lot of the troubles causing clogs. There are many recipes online for homemade drain cleaners that don’t use the harmful chemicals found in Drano or Liquid Plumber.
Use a Plunger
This might seem a no brainer but most people aren’t utilizing their plungers correctly. A small cup plunger works best for a sink clog while a flange or toilet plunger for clogs causing your toilet to overflow. The way plungers work is to create a vacuum pulling the clog apart and opening a free flowing channel. By selecting to correct plunger for the job, you will have easier success.
When none of these easy tips work, feel safe knowing the drain experts are a phone call away. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the certified experts at Central Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are here for you. Contact us today!