How To: Unclog Your Drains Without Calling a Plumber

You know that all pipes develop clogs at some point in their lives – but your drain cleaning needs seem to take the cake. You can’t even turn around without staring the horrors of a slow-draining sink or a clogged bathtub in the face. That’s why if you’re not ready to call on a professional drain cleaning service in Los Angeles, you can battle clogs in your pipes with some DIY work.

DIY Drain Cleaning Tips

  • Clogged Sink? Maybe last night’s three-cheese pasta dish is deciding to make its presence known in your kitchen sink. If that’s the case, you can tackle a clogged sink with nothing more than a plunger (we recommend buying a new plunger for this – otherwise, gross). Fill up the sink with a bit of water, then start plunging away. Keep plunging until you see the telltale sign of quick draining. If you have a double drain in your kitchen sink, place a wet rag or drain stopper in one drain while you work on the other.
  • Slow Draining Tub? One of the most common clogs is the dreaded tub drain clog. You know the reason why this happens is because there’s a clump of hair down there – and it’s up to you to get it out. Try using the same steps above to unclog the tub – if that doesn’t work, you’ll have to start getting a bit more creative. Use a bent hair wire to fish hair out of the drain (remove the screen from the tub drain first). Just make sure you have the trash on hand, because you’ll want to quickly discard whatever you find.
  • Dreaded Toilet Clog? We don’t need to go into details here, but you may find yourself needing to unclog your toilet.  If the classic plunger doesn’t work, you might need to call on a professional for help, as there are a lot of things you need to deal with to get a particularly tough clog out of the toilet.

Of course, you can decide to forgo the DIY altogether and call on a professional for all your drain cleaning needs.  For more information about drain cleaning in Los Angeles, give The Twin Plumbers a call today!