Evaluating Four Common Drain Cleaning Methods


There are numerous reasons you need to keep your plumbing drains clean at all times. For example, it will prevent foul odors from developing in the drains, prolong the life of the plumbing system, and prevent drain blockages. Here are some of the common methods you can use to keep the drains clean.

Using Chemicals

One of the most common methods of cleaning drains involves pouring chemicals down the drain. The chemicals work by breaking down the debris clogging the pipes so that they can be carried away by water.  This method usually works, but it may come at the expense of your drain pipe's integrity. This is because most of the chemicals used in drain cleaning are corrosive, and they will corrode your drain pipes slowly until they start leaking. If you must use drain cleaning chemicals, follow the directions for use to the letter so you don't use unnecessarily high concentrations of the chemical.

Using a Drain Snake

A drain snake, also known as an auger, is a flexible slender cable used for dislodging clogged drains. Drain snakes come in different sizes for use in drain pipes of different diameters. The auger is threaded through the drain until it hits the debris clogging the system. When you reach the obstacle clogging the pipe, you need to work the auger by pushing, twisting, and pulling the auger until you can feel it pulling or pushing freely. After that, you just need to remove the auger and flush the drain. Note that you should be very gentle with the auger to avoid scratching the inside surfaces of the pipes.

Using the Plunger

A good plunger should have an extension flange in addition to the conventional rubber head. To use the plunger, you first place it over the drain and ensure it covers it fully and no air is able to escape. Next, start pushing on the plunger until its rubber head inverts. After that, stop pushing and let the head pop back. Repeat all the steps several times until the drain opens up and starts to flow. This is one of the most effective ways of dealing with clogged drains so it should probably be the first thing you try if your drain is clogged.

If none of these methods work for you, however, then you probably have a more serious problem with your plumbing system. Consult a plumber to help diagnose and fix whatever is fouling or blocking your drains.


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