Not every clogged drain situation requires calling a plumber. There are a few things that a homeowner can do to save a lot of time, money, and damage to your property. After you’ve tried the following, and you feel you still need the help of a professional, don’t hesitate to call RS Andrews plumbing in the Dunwoody Georgia area.

Depending on the severity of the clog, you may be able to free it yourself.Of course you’ll need a few tools for this task. One of them is a plunger.The other is a plumbers snake or sewer snake. Hand operated plumber snakes can be purchased at your local hardware store. Plumbers and hand operated snakes are a great gift idea when it comes to Christmas for the homeowners you know.

Using a Plunger to Unclog Your Drains

A plunger is probably the best-known tool for unclogging a drain. When using it make sure you cover the overflow holds in the sink or any other openings, using wet rags in your finger. Water has to be standing in the toilet or sink before this tool can be effective, so if it is Artie drained run a little more water in until there is standing water. Some homeowners find it helpful to apply a little petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger to help make the seal tighter. The next step is the fun part! Force the plunger up and down using the handle with very rigorous motion. After plunging for a few seconds, stopped to see if the water has begun to drain from the sinker toilet.

If you find that the plunger is not enough, you may have to reach in with the coathanger or a snake to clean the P-trap. If you find that clearing out the P-trap is not enough to remove the blockage you may have to use a hand operated plumbers snake which should reach down several more feet into the drain.

If that wasn’t enough, it’s probably time to call a professional. Plumbers have machine operated augers, or plumbers snakes, that can reach all the way out to the sewer connection.

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