Unpleasant odor and water accumulating are signs of blocked pipes. Of course, you can always call for your local Levittown handyman in order to deal with this problem efficiently. But, if you think that the issue may be resolved without professional help, you may be interested to learn of different methods to unclog blocked pipes and drains. The following solutions have proved to be the most successful, so keep on reading.
Use caustic soda
Caustic soda is one of the most effective products when you want to unclog blocked pipes. To use it, pour the granulated crystals directly (or dissolve them slightly in the water) down the pipeline. Of course, this should be done with caution as you avoid direct contact with the skin. This method may be somewhat aggressive, but it’s also very effective when it comes to unclogging the pipes and drains. If you end up going for this particular solution, remember to run boiling water down the pipeline, to eliminate any remaining debris.
Special unclogging products
Obviously, the market is full of products that are specially marketed as “pipe unclogging”. You can always go for some of these products in order to dissolve the most common things that can clog the pipes such as organic remains, salt deposits, and tartar, among others.
Air or water pressure
As a general rule, avoid air/water pressure method before detecting the cause of the problem first. Ignoring this may end up damaging the pipes, breaking them or even leading to pipes exploding on you.
Unclog blocked pipes with a plunger (or something similar)
If none of the above-mentioned methods work, it may be necessary to use a physical object that will help you unclog your pipes and drains. Essentially, a plunger is one of the most common options in this case. The suction quality causes pressure that forces whatever obstructs the pipes to come out. On the other hand, you may find using a metal tape or a flexible rod equally effective. These tools will allow you to push the debris that may be clogging the pipes.
What about the kitchen sink?
Kitchen pipes often get clogged with food scraps. Before pouring unclogging solutions or using tools, try removing the rubber plug underneath, and remove the solid remains. Even before that you can let the water run and use the rubber pump, pressing it with your fingers to make a kind of vacuum.
DIY unclogging solution
You can use the following recipe to prepare a homemade drain and plumbing cleaner, capable of removing clogs with great efficiency without resorting to dangerous commercial chemicals.
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of common fine salt
- 2 cups of boiling water
- ¼ cup of cream of tartar
- A container and a spatula
How to use it:
Mix the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in the container with the spatula well. Pour half of the mix through the hole in the clogged pipe, trying to push it as far as possible. Leave the mix in for 20 minutes before proceeding.
Next, pour the two cups of boiling water and let the mix work on its own for one hour. Check for any water leaks and make sure that no one in your household turns the water on for this particular pipe. Then, rinse it all with a little cold water from the tap, and check whether the blockage has disappeared or you need to repeat the operation.
If the pipes/drains are still clogged, let the mix do its magic for another hour, pour the rest of it and repeat the procedure. In case this step isn’t necessary, use the rest of the mixture in other drains, even if they weren’t clogged, to clean them and eliminate microorganisms.
If nothing you have tried actually worked, it means that the problem is serious. In that respect, you and your plumbing will benefit the most from professional help. Don’t hesitate to call for your local Levittown handyman and ifixit in this situation.