Knowing how to unclog sewers is one of the basic skills that any homeowner or renter should possess. Since a large amount of dirt, hair and general debris fall into the drain pipes of bathtubs and showers every day, it is almost inevitable that the drain pipes occasionally blocked in the bathroom or kitchen sink. You may have heard of tricks to clear the drain, such as using baking soda, vinegar, or boiling water as a drain cleaner, but what is the best way to eliminate blockages?
Fortunately, as long as you don't mind getting your hands dirty, there are many ways to fix a blocked drain, and these methods are relatively easy to do.
1. The tools you need
Manual auger (also known as small water pipe snake)
2. How to unblock the drain pipe
Here are some proven ways to clear the sewers. We rank them here in order of difficulty, from the simplest to the most difficult. If one method does not solve the clogging problem, then just go to the next method.
(1) Hanging line method-difficulty: simple
①Remove the drain cover
If you have a clogged bathroom drain or kitchen sink, you can easily clean it up with a wire hook. First, use a small screwdriver to loosen the screws that secure the drain cover. Be sure to put the parts in a safe place so that they don't fall into the drain or get lost when you handle the cork.
② Turn the wire hanger into a hook
Then, use a pair of pliers to bend one end of an old wire hook into a hook.
③Use a hook to fish out the fragments
Insert the hook down into the drain pipe until it reaches the blocked part of the drain pipe. Pull out as many obstacles as possible and repeat the action until nothing else appears. You may want to use a flashlight to help you see the debris better.
(2) Plunger method-difficulty level: medium
① Block the overflow pipe
If your bathtub has an overflow pipe, you need to plug it before you can insert the main drain pipe. For reference, not all bathtubs have this overflow pipe, and showers certainly don’t, so if you can’t see a similar drain pipe on the bathtub, please skip this step.
However, if you really need to stop the discharge, just use a screwdriver to remove the outer cover. Then, use an old cloth or rag to stuff it into the hole so that the water does not flow out.
②Add water to the bathtub
The plunger needs a bit of lubrication to work properly, so add some hot water to the bathtub before you start to clean the clogged drain. You need the water level to cover half of the bottom of the plunger.
③Screw into the cork
By pumping up and down, make the plunger work on the clogged drain pipe, and try as hard as possible as many times as possible. If most of the blockages are coming out like this, just put more hot water in the drain to test it and remove any lingering waste. If not, go to the next method.