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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

How to Clear a Clogged Drain

by Melvin Owens

If you have a drain that moves very slowly or is completely blocked, then you need to take action to clear the clog that is preventing it from draining properly. The following tips can help when you have a clogged drain.

1. Remove the Clog Manually

Sometimes, it is possible to peer down into the drain and see the object that is causing the clog. Long hair is perhaps the most common culprit, as it snags on the drain stopper and creates a tangle just inside the entrance to the drain. You can easily remove long hair simply by picking it out. Other common culprits include vegetable peelings, long strings of pasta and coffee grounds. Scoop as much of this sludge out of the drain as you can and you might find that it drains a little more easily.

2. Try a Natural Drain Cleaning Solution

Did you know that you can create a drain cleaning solution from ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry? Try mixing up some baking soda and vinegar and then pouring the frothing solution into the drain. Leave that to sit for a while to give it a chance to break up the clog and then run some hot water into the drain to flush it out. You might find that this simple method makes your drain work a bit better.

3. Use a Commercial Drain Cleaning Solution

If your homemade drain cleaning solution does not work, then you could try using a commercial product instead. However, you should be aware that using commercial drain cleaners too often can cause damage to your plumbing. Commercial drain cleaning products create chemical reactions inside your pipes that generate heat, which over time can cause PVC pipes to soften or exert a lot of pressure on copper pipe fittings. If you choose to use a commercial drain cleaning solution, follow the directions carefully and use no more of the product than they specify to avoid causing a leak.

4. Call a Drain Cleaning Service

If you cannot unclog your drain using the methods listed here, then the best thing you can do is to call a local plumber. Do not try to disassemble the drain yourself as you could damage it and not be able to put it back together. A professional plumber has a variety of tools and tricks that they can use to clear a clogged drain. They can deal with the problem quickly and efficiently.