How to Fix a Clogged Drain

19 May

how-to-fix-a-clogged-drainThere are a couple of tools that everybody should own once they’re living on their own.  Additionally, there are a couple of “do-it-yourself” skills that everybody should possess.  Near the top of the list is knowing how to fix a clogged drain.  Whether you’re living in Dallas in your first apartment or are a long-time homeowner in McKinney, Frisco, or Allen, you’re eventually going to be faced with a clogged drain.  This could be a clogged bathtub drain, garbage disposal or toilet, and knowing the basics on how to fix a clogged drain will save you a lot of aggravation.  Just as importantly, you also need to know when it’s time step away from the clog and bring in the professionals at Hackler Plumbing.

How to Fix a Clogged Drain

The most important tool you need in order to fix a clogged drain is a plunger.  These are available at a low cost in the McKinney and Frisco area, and whether your clog is in your kitchen sink, bathtub drain or toilet, this is the first thing to grab.  It is the tool most likely to work if your clog is something you’re going to be able to fix for yourself.  The other tool that may be handy to have is a plumber’s snake, which is a long steel cable that can break up a clogged drain.  Any clog that requires heavier equipment than these two items is best left to a professional.  After all, you don’t want to cause more damage beyond the clog you’re trying to fix.

If you’re trying to fix a clogged sink, your plunger is going to be your best bet.  Fill the sink about one third of the way up with water.  Place the plunger over the drain and start plunging up and down, then quickly pull the plunger away.  If your sink has an overflow hole or a second drain, try to close that opening with a wet rag to make the pressure you’re providing stronger.  Sometimes very hot water poured into a sink can help break up soapy clogs.  If neither of these approaches work and you’re in the Dallas area, Hackler Plumbing is available to help at this point.

Fixing Clogged Showers, Garbage Disposals, and Sewer Lines

If you have a clogged shower drain and the culprit is hair or soap, you may be able to fix the drain yourself either with a plunger or by opening the drain and using a hanger to pull out the hair and soap.  For a clogged toilet, using either a plunger or a snake can be most helpful.  If it’s not working, don’t let your attempt to fix a clogged drain turn into a bigger problem.  If you don’t know how to fix a drain using these tools or your best efforts aren’t working, the problem may be farther down beyond the reach of your tools.  This often means you have clogged sewer lines.  In both situations, you need to bring in a professional.

If you need more information on how to fix a clogged drain, call us at Hackler Plumbing.  We serve North Dallas, McKinney, Frisco and Allen, and are available to help fix your clogged drain quickly and affordably.  Call us today!  214-585-1499


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