Here are some things you can do to fix a clogged drain.

How You Can Address Simple Plumbing Problems

November 16th, 2016 by

Here are some things you can do to fix a clogged drain.

You never realize just how much you rely on your home's plumbing system until it stops working. All it takes is a clogged or burst pipe, and suddenly your daily routine is completely altered. Even small leaks pose problems, as they can lead to larger structural damage if allowed to continue over time. 

Obviously, whether or not you choose to call a plumber to help fix a broken pipe depends entirely on your skill level – and many people do not have experience with pipe replacement. But many clogged pipes can be fixed with tools that you may already have around the house. 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Try the plunger. Many clogs can simply be forced down the drain with enough pressure. A common bathroom plunger is often enough to do the trick.
  • Consider a snake. If a clog is stuck firmly enough, you may have to use a pipe snake to get it out. This is a flexible metal wire with a hook at the end for grasping debris.
  • Use chemical drain cleaners sparingly. Chemical drain cleaners are safe for occasional use, but be sure to flush your pipes thoroughly with water afterward. 

If you are dealing with clogged drains frequently, you may wish to invest in a drain cover that will collect debris and keep your pipes clean. If that isn't enough to fix the problem, it could be a sign of a more serious plumbing issue. This is when you might want to call a professional.

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