There are telltale signs that show you that your drainage has blocked. This includes lingering water around the drainage area, water pooling around your feet when you are taking a shower and unpleasant odors; all this point to a blocked drain.
Here are some 7 top strategies that you can use to try and unclog your drain before you resort to calling your plumber:
1. Use a wire hanger
This is a surprisingly easy strategy to use. Just get a regular coat hanger and straighten it out as much as you can. Then form a small hook on one of its ends and then insert it into the drainage and go fishing around. Remove as much gunk as possible from the drainage by pulling the wire out. Don’t push the gunk further into the drain.
Once you get most of the gunk out, water should be able to start flowing freely.
2. Use baking soda and vinegar
Mix 1/3 cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup of baking soda. Pour this down the drain as it is still sizzling. Leave for a couple of hours or even overnight, if possible. Then flush hot water down the drain. This should get rid of any gunk that might have accumulated in the pipe.
3. Use hot water
Boil water until it is very hot. Boil as much as you can. Then slowly pour this hot water down the drain. Do this in three stages and leave a few seconds between each phase for the hot water to work. This is one of the easiest and simplest ways of unclogging the drain.
4. Dishwashing detergent
In case your toilet is clogged, before calling a drain unblocking in Birmingham professional, try this out first. Pour out a ¼ cup of dish detergent in the toilet bowl. Then follow this up with hot boiling water. The detergent will act as a lubricant and break up any greasy residue. Then use a plunger to plunge down the bowl. If this is not effective, consider putting on rubber gloves and finishing the job with your hands.
5. Chemical drain cleaner
You also have the alternative of using a chemical drain cleaner. These are commercially sold and you can find them in your nearest grocery store. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s direction on how the chemical should be used.
It is also essential that you only try out one drain cleaner at a time. Do not mix them up. If one does not work, wait for a while before you try another one. In addition, use a chemical cleaner that is suitable for the kind of drain that you have. For example, if you are using a septic tank, go for drain cleaners that can are suitable for septic tanks.
6. Use a plunger
Using a plunger can help to unplug the drain. Make sure to seal the drain first and then fill it up with water. This way, when you plunge, you will be forcing water down the drain and not air. Work the handle up and down and then remove it to see if it will unblock. Keep doing this until the water starts to drain.