Blocked drains can be very frustrating to deal with. This issue is quite common. Everyone must have faced this problem at least once in their lifetime. And believe it or not, you do not have to call your plumber every time you have a blocked drain. What you need is a simple item and the right technique to deal with it. You can unclog the drains all by yourself too. A few simple measures that you adopt to clear your blocked drain are as the following:
Use A Water Jet
This technique of using a highly pressured water jet to clear the blocked drain is quite common among plumbers. Though you may not have a highly efficient pressurized system in your house, you can use the pressure-controlled water hose that you use for your gardens. It can be used to clear the drains in no time. Just focus the tube in the blocked area and force the water down the drain. And the blockage will, most likely, be washed away. This technique may not work efficiently if the blockage is due to massive solid particles. But it is definitely worth giving a try.
Strangely, a clogged toilet is no different from a clogged drain. So, a plunger can be used to clear a blocked drain too. Before you start the plunging operation, you must close all overflow spouts. This is the only way that you can ensure a strong pressure seal. Unlike the water jet technique, the plunger is very effective against solid blockages as the up and down movement creates enough pressure to loosen the solids. But on the downside, the plunger is not as efficient when it comes to blockages due to grease or fluid build-up.
Pour Boiling Water
This is probably the oldest and most natural do-it-yourself techniques for clearing blocked drains. Just heat a pot of water till it boils. Then pour the hot water directly into the drain. The hot water helps to dissolve the materials blocking the drain, and then, eventually, it washes away. If you have a metal or ceramic pipe, then the high heat of the water is not an issue. But when it comes to plastic tubes, then do not risk it. The heat may sometimes partially melt the pipe or loosen the joints. So, maintain low heat or try some other method instead.
A cleaner liquid is not exactly a common household item. But, it is a great option to buy one and try using it before calling the plumber. Any local supermarket will have caustic chemical drain cleaners. These cleaners help dissolve and disintegrate the blockages. Use the cleaner with caution and pour water down the drain after the cleaners to get rid of the residues.
Vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, salt, and borax may seem like random items found in the kitchen. Interestingly, they are excellent clog cleaners as well. Just put all the ingredients or the ones you can find and blend them to form a fluid mix. Pour this mixture down the drain. Your clogs will be dissolved and cleared. If not, repeat the process a few more times after washing off with water each time.
Any one of the above methods can solve the majority of the blockage issues. But if none of the above methods work, then it is probably time to call a professional plumber.