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Tips to Avoid/Unclog Drains

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Someone holding a plunger trying to remove a clogged sink Clogged drain in East Natick, RI

Tips to Avoid/Unclog Drains

Life gets busy in East Natick, RI. No matter how rushed for time you may feel, letting a few small things slide can lead to a clogged drain. That pesky problem is more than just an annoyance. Ongoing clogging may eventually result in a pipe break, which could mean needing the help of a water damage expert.

Keep Drains Clean

While old, rusty pipes and drains may be an ongoing issue for a stopped or backed-up drain, newer systems should run smoothly if they are being used correctly. To help avoid dealing with a clogged drain, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Avoid food, grease and coffee grounds from going down the drain.
  • Put leftover food in the trash or compost heap, not the garbage disposal.
  • A mesh screen attachment can collect hair and soap scum from entering bathroom drains.
  • Toilets are only made for waste and toilet paper.

Proper Use of a Snake

When a clog does happen, a plumber’s snake may be able to help you unclog the drain. This simple tool is a long cable with an auger-shaped end designed to break up clogs. Here are steps to properly use a snake:

Put on gloves.

Ensure the drain is open. This may require removing a cleanout plug, P-trap or overflow assembly.
Gently loosen the snake and begin inserting into the drain.
Once you meet resistance, it could be a pipe bend or whatever is obstructing proper draining. Move the tool’s handle clockwise to get past the obstruction.
Continue the process until resistant can be felt again or it feels like the clog has been loosened.
Remove the snake and let it naturally wind itself.
Repeating the snaking process one more time and then flush the drain.

If the process doesn’t seem to be working, it may be time to call in a professional to verify that the drain is just clogged instead of a bigger issue, such as tree roots or broken pipe.

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