Clogged drains are inevitable. Sooner or later you will find yourself with a drain problem. Luckily, clogged drains are one of the easiest problems to fix. You can save yourself a costly plumbing bill by using the information shown below.
If you have a slow moving drain in the sink or bathroom, chances are you have a clog. Lots of times a clog will form in the section of the pipe directly below the sink. Usually shaped like an 'S' or a 'P'. This part of the pipe is known as the trap.
The curved section of the trap 'traps' water to keep sewer gases from seeping into your house. Unfortunately, soap, hair, food and anything else that washes down the drain, tends to build up and get stuck here.
Unclogging the Drain
Before reaching for a jug of chemicals, you should try to remove the trap and clear the line manually. Chemicals can be damaging to your drain and plumbing system. Here are some tips that will help you remove the trap:
- Place a bucket beneath the trap before getting started. There's no telling what will come out of that pipe once the trap has been removed.
- Newer traps are hand tightened and have tabs that can be used to remove the trap. Use pliers or a wrench to loosen and removed the bolts that hold the trap on if necessary
- Use a wire brush to clean the trap and remove debris on metal traps. Plastic traps can generally be cleaned by pushing a rag through. Then flush the pipe with hot water.
- When the trap is clean, replace the trap using the bolts that you removed. Plastic traps will have plastic compression washers to seal the joint. Inspect these for cracks or gouges to prevent leaks. Metal plumbing will either have brass or plastic compression washers. Older traps may require pipe joint compound.
- Make sure you check for leaks after replacing the trap.
Most likely, this will fix your clogged drain issue. If not, or you don't feel comfortable doing this project you may need to call a professional plumber to come and finish the job. Go to our search form and find your professional today.