Clogged drains are always a frustration, no matter if it’s your kitchen sink, bathtub or a toilet. Clogged drains can be stressful but fortunately there are ways to prevent and fix clogged drains. Below are some helpful prevention techniques:
- Every drain in your house should have a strainer to prevent things from accumulating in the pipes
- Clean strainers once a week
- Avoid putting oil or greasy food down the drain
- Only put toilet paper in the toilet, tissues or paper do not dissolve
- Throw potato skins, egg shells, fruit rind and coffee grinds in the trash
- Don’t throw tampons or feminine hygiene product in the toilet
Below are ways to deal with clogged drains before calling a plumber.
The first thing you should do is try plunging your clogged drain or clogged toilet. Fill the sink or bathtub with some hot water, make sure you get a good seal with the plunger, and then proceed to plunge the drain firmly at least 15-20 times.
If the plunger fails then try a mixture of half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda, pour it down the drain, and wait for a few hours. Then run the hot water for a couple of minutes. Plunge again and see if the clog opens up.
If your drains are still clogged after trying the techniques above, you should call a professional licensed plumber.