The mere thought of a clogged drain, sink, or toilet is annoying enough. The real inconvenience of these issues hits home when you start to notice the water not going down the drain properly and you start to wonder, “how difficult is this going to be to fix?” It is needless to say that the whole situation is extremely annoying, unhygienic and can cause quite a lot of damage at the same time. Drain cleaning is not an easy job and needs the proper tools and equipment. A snake is a key tool that helps in unclogging all kinds of drains, including sewer drains. But if you don’t have a snake, what will you do for clogged drains? In this article, we will discuss the ideas which will be useful and practical for all households.
Unclogging A Drain Line Without A Snake
No snake? No fear. Consult our list of practical household options for unclogging a drain line:
Use a Chemical Drain Cleaner
If you see that the toilet or the sink in the house is not draining properly, one option available is a chemical drain cleaner. These cleaners contain strong chemicals that help break down extremely strong and stubborn clogs. Different varieties of chemical drain cleaners are available at your local home improvement store. Browse the options including oxidizing drain cleaners, caustic drain cleaners, and acids of various kinds. Clogs vary from one another, and therefore require different cleaners to rid the problem- all kinds of cleaners do not work on all kinds of clogs. Often the bottle will indicate what kind of clog the cleaner best addresses. The cleaner should react with the clog and break it down to carry it away with the flow of water. While applying the cleaner, make sure that you follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to get the best results.
Running Hot Water Might Help
In case there is partial clogging of the drain line, running hot water for about 5-10 minutes through the clogged drain might be enough to loosen the clog. The heat from running hot water helps in loosening grease, lingering oils or any other thing that forms a kind of coating on the interiors of the pipe. Hot water helps in loosening this grip but avoid boiling water as this might damage your pipes.
High Water Pressure
If you are using high water pressure for clog removal from the drain line, be very careful. Start the process slowly as there are high chances that the water will flow back, creating a mess or even a small flood. Take your time, use a plunger, and gradually the clog should open up. Once the water starts passing slowly, build up some pressure, and the line will be cleared gradually.
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