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Ways to Unclog a Clog

August 30, 2013

Drain CleaningHaving clogged drains in your home can be a real problem, causing a mess and the inconvenience of a sink or tub out of commission. Here at Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating, we know how frustrating it can be for homeowners, and we’d like to give you a few tips for unclogging your slow drains.

4 Tricks to Try in Your Home

These tricks work best on slow but emptying drains.

  1. Try a manual drain cleaning by unscrewing the plug and pulling out any blockage you can see. Often times, you can pull out a large clog of hair with your fingers or a simple pair of needle nose pliers.
  2. For a greasy kitchen clog, you can try unclogging it with dish soap. Just squirt some soap down the drain, and pour a pot full of hot water behind it.
  3. For a bathroom sink, pour in ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction causes foaming and some slight fumes, so keep the fan on or window open and try to stay out of the room for 3 hours while it sits. Then run water through the drain to clear out the mixture.
  4. For a slow shower drain, pour half a gallon of bleach into the drain at night, leaving on the fan or opening a window for the fumes. The next morning, heat up a full pot of water and pour it directly down the drain. Then run the hot water for a minute to flush the last of the bleach down the pipes.

If these methods don’t work, or you know you are facing a more serious clog, you may need help from a plumber. Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating Richmond plumbers are ready to give you a hand. We provide plumbing services to thoroughly unclog and clean your drains and sewer lines. We also offer state of the art hydro jetting, the use of high-pressure streams of water to clear clogged drains. Call us at 604-222-1282 to schedule an appointment and get an estimate today.


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