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Drain cleaning: Dedham/Boston

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Please call if you need drain cleaining, camera services & pipe locating services, main drain cleaning, sink, tub, laundry, garbage disposal & kitchen sink clogs.  

 

 

Please remember liquid drain will rot your pipes, burn your skin & clothes. Its a temporary solution mostly. 

So you remove the excess hair and gunk that has built up at the surface of the drain. And nothing happens.  No good. Then, the plunger. But what happens when it doesn't come to the rescue? Here are 10 ways to deal with the blockages

 

Mix one third of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour the vinegar.

 

First, place an empty bucket underneath the u--shaped pipe (the trap) beneath the sink. The bucket will collect the water & debris will spill. Using a wrench, loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe. You should be able to finish the operation by hand. When the trap is free, remove it and turn it upside down, emptying the contents into the bucket. You may also need to fish around inside it for debris, and do the same with the pipes that were holding it. An old toothbrush is good for getting the tough gunk out. Rinse the ptrap with water and then put it all back together. 

 

If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. Nothing to lose trying this out. 

 

Other simple techniques you may not have considered for cleaning your drains can be done with tools from the garage, before going out and purchasing DIY drain cleaning tools, or calling a professional plumber to assess your drains, try using these tools to perform easy, quick drain pipe fixes. The 

bathroom plunger you already own may be the perfect solution for your clogged or poorly performing drains. Even more effective for sink drains are specialized (sink plungers), which feature optimized designs ideal for sink applications.

 

Whichever plunger you have on hand, the technique for clearing a drain is essentially the same: just cover the entire drain opening with the plunger, and press back and forth in a continuous, fluid motion for about 1 to 2 minutes. Don’t  jam the plunger down with excess force or speed. It’s the steady buildup of pressure from fluid motions that can remove significant pipe clogging.

 

Also, if the fixture in question is equipped with an overflow vent (such as those on most conventional sinks, which prevent overflows), be sure to cover these vents beforehand; otherwise, all the air and pressure you force into the drain will escape, rendering your efforts meaningless.

One way to get the best seal over a drain opening is by applying plumbers grease to the rim of the plunger; this jelly temporarily seals your plunger to the fixture, preventing an air from escaping.

 

Often overlooked due to its simplicity, sometimes a simple hot water cleanse could be all your clogged or dirty drains need to return to peak performance. Flushing your drain pipes with hot water can often dislodge clogged materials and buildup gunk, through a simple combination of water pressure, force and heat.

 

For the best results, try running hot water through your clogged or dirty drains for about 15 minutes. If all goes well, the  heat and force of the water will dislodge any buildups affecting your drain, and return your pipes to optimal working condition at no cost to you. As this flush requires nothing other than a working faucet.

 

As you may expect, one of the best ways to eliminate the problems drain clogs cause is by avoiding clogging altogether. Vaughan Plumbing and Heating, LLC , we suggest performing monthly checks on your drains, and having a professional plumbing inspection at least once per year. By taking proactive measures, you can limit these clogs altogether, or catch them in their early stages before they develop into more severe and costly problems.

Beyond regular self- and professional inspections, simply knowing what your drains can and cannot process is one of the best ways to limit clogging. Avoid putting stringy foods through your drains and garbage disposal, as well as food wrappers, animal bones, paper products and kitchen grease; these are the most common clog-causing concerns, 

By taking advantage of these simple drain cleaning tips, and performing regular checks to limit clogging you can greatly improve your home’s plumbing performance. To learn more about what you can do today to eliminate the risk of severe drain clogging. 

 

Vaughan Plumbing & Heating, LLC can help with all your household clogged drains: kitchen sink,main house drain & sink drains.