Breaking Free of the Plumber Myth
Plumbing costs and repair bills are common household maintenance endeavors that can leave a hole in any budget. Among the list of plumbing tasks that homeowners unwittingly hire a plumber to do is that of unclogging drains. Little do many know that they can unclog a drain themselves without the unnecessary cost of getting an expert to do it for them. Depending upon the severity of the clog, there are many easy and natural methods that exist to remove blockages from drains which makes unclogging a bathroom drain one of the few plumbing tasks that homeowners should really try to do themselves.
Some of the tips that are examined below for unclogging drains are the first things that professional plumbers generally do when attempting to unclog a bathtub or sink drain. You will find that the methods are natural tips for unclogging a drain and very useful for anyone that wants to learn how to unclog a drain without using harmful chemicals in the process. If you are a DIYer that wants more out of your homeowner experience than just high bathroom maintenance costs then learning how to unclog a drain using natural products may be just the home remedy you are looking for.
Use Hot Water to Clear Blocked Pipes
As simple as it sounds, using the full force of hot water is an inexpensive method for clearing slow moving drains without the aid of a professional drain cleaning service. The amount of hot water you will need to use will depend on just how badly your drain is clogged and by what materials. Hair tangled up in soap residue or oil based gunk build up in your shower drains will all benefit from using this natural hot water methodology for clearing slow moving drains. We recommend using a large pot of hot water for unclogging drains. The steps involved in using hot water to unclog a backup drain in your bath are:
- Bring a large pot of water to boil for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the hot water over the center of the drain and stop when you notice that the water is taking some time to be flow out.
- Continue pouring the hot water to unclog the drain and pause a few times until you notice that the overall flow into the drain is a lot quicker.
Use Your Hands for Removing Stoppages
Another way to unclog your drains naturally is by simply using cupped hands. Not very many people even consider this one because we have all been conditioned to use a plunger or harsh chemicals when our sink or bathtub backs up but if a plunger is not available then the use of your hands for unclogging drains has pretty much the same effect as using a plunger to force your drain clean.
However, this technique is only effective if your bathroom drain is not badly clogged with dense compact materials and you may need to repeat the steps below a few times until all the debris is pushed down the drain. The steps involved in using your hands for unclogging drains are:
- Pour some water into the sink or bathtub.
- Place you hand over the top of the drain and form a cup-like shape with your knuckles over the center of the opening.
- The tips of your fingers should be firmly in place and you will use your hand to create suction over the drain by moving your wrist in quick sharp movements.
- You will need to repeat this step as often as possible until you hear and see that whatever was blocking the drain is dislodged and the water flow is better.
- You can use hot water first and then when the water is gone out you can use your hands to remove things from the drain and don’t forget about a simple thing like a clothes hanger. If the clog is composed of hair or similar material that can be snagged, a hanger bent the right way using pliers, can remove the majority of the clog to get the water flowing freely again.