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 which makes unclogging a tub or shower 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.
Using a Plunger for Eliminating Lodged Materials
The most common method for unclogging drains naturally is to use a bathroom plunger. There are different size plungers on the market for unclogging drains. Try to get one that is close to the size of your drain to get the best results when removing debris to leave your drain clear and free. Using a plunger to unclog a drain or unclogging a toilet is not very difficult and if it clears the clog, it will save you a lot of money in the end. The steps involved in using a plunger for unclogging your bathroom drains are:
- Place water in the sink or bathtub.
- Place the center of the plunger over the center of your drain.
- Push and pull on the stick or handle as quickly as possible to create an upward and downward force that dislodges anything that is in the drain.
- Continue to do the upward and downward movement until you are sure that the water is moving freely down your pipes.
Preventative Maintenance to Maintain Your Sewage System
Once you have unclogged your drain with any of the tips below then you will need to take the necessary steps to ensure that the situation does not repeat itself. Some simple tips to bear in mind so you will not need to repeat unclogging drains in the future are:
- Do not comb your hair over the sink or in the bathtub/shower
- Remove hair from bathtub, shower or sink drain immediately
- Do not use make-up over sink
- Remove small items from around bathtub and sink that can easily fall in
- If you have children then try to put a small mesh-like material over the drain so that they cannot throw anything in it and if it does get filled up with hair or gunk, you can simply dump the debris in the garbage.
Bathroom maintenance and repair can be expensive especially if plumbing drain and vent pipes are involved. With the proper preventive maintenance procedures in place you can avoid the expense of having to hire a drain cleaning service or professional plumber to unclog your bathroom drains. Unclogging drains naturally without any harsh chemicals does not only save your money but is also good for the environment.
There are also home remedies that can be used to aid you in unclogging your clogged drains such as a vinegar and baking soda concoction to naturally break up the gunk and in combination with the above solutions can be used to effectively dislodge the built-up materials in a back-up bathroom drain.