3 Ways To Get Your Clogged Drains Running Again

Posted on: 19 January 2023

Clogged and slow drains can make taking a shower, washing your dishes, or brushing your teeth difficult. Getting your drains cleared out and running again as soon as possible is high on your priority list when that happens. You can do several things to clean out your drains. You may need to use more than one method, depending on how dirty up they are.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

One option you have available to you is to use chemical drain cleaners. These cleaners come in different forms. Some of them are made up of a two-part formula, which, when combined, will foam up. The idea behind having the chemicals foam up is that it will expand to fill up the entire space of the pipe. That is supposed to clean the sides of your pipe as it works on any clog. Other drain cleaners are just one-part formulations, so you can pour them straight down the drain. They are generally heavier than water, which lets them cut through any standing water and get to the clog. The problem with drain cleaners is that they have acid in them and can be corrosive to your pipes. They can also be dangerous to any plumber who comes to work on your pipes. 

DIY Options

There are also DIY options that you can try. For example, you can dump some hot water down the drain, then put something like shampoo, conditioner, or dish soap down the drain. You let that product sit for a few minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain behind it. The surfactants in the soap product make things slippery, so they should help move any clogs along.

Call a Plumber

Your best option to get your drains clean and clear as quickly as possible is to call a plumber. The plumber can come out to your house, evaluate your drains, and work on cleaning up your pipes to get your drains running again. The plumber may have a tool that will let them run a brush down your pipes, knocking the accumulated junk off the sides of your pipes. The brush is generally connected to a flexible cable that will let it move through the bends of your pipe.

Slow and clogged drains can be very frustrating. You should get them running again as soon as possible because you could end up causing damage to your plumbing or the rest of your house. You have several options about what to do to get your drains running again. For more information on drain cleaning, contact a professional near you.