With toilets using less water than ever flush and aerators in sinks giving less force taps, clogs are common. You could hire a plumber to fix a clogged drain, but that could get expensive. The tools for DIY plumbing projects are very cheap. Keeping a few basic tools on hand and knowing how to use them can save your family hundreds of dollars in plumbing bills. When any drainage of the problem solution, whether the toilet or the sink, the troubleshooting steps are the same; when one step does not work, go to the next step in order.
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar through the clogged drain. This mixture produces a chemical reaction to the oxygen reported and will generally have enough force to loosen an obstruction.
- Place the plunger over the clogged drain. If it is a double sink, cover the other drain with a wet plug or towel to make an airtight seal. Firmly Press down and pull up with the plunger 10 to 15 times, then remove the plunger from the drain. If the water drains down, the obstruction is gone. Repeat this at least three more times before passing.
- Put on your rubber gloves and get the plumbing snake. For unscreened cable drains (toilets and sinks with the plug removed), carefully place the end of the plumbing snake down the drain and turn the handle to feed the snake into the tube. When you come in contact with the clog, reverse first and then move again to chew on the clog, then turn the regulator valve full force down. For selected drains, remove the screen and follow the indicated procedures. For the kitchen sink, the pipe snake below the garbage disposal.