If you have slow running drains, you've come to the right place. Our Orange CA drain clearing experts have put together a short instructional to help you clear out slow running drains right now. If none of our tricks or tips help give us a call and we'll bring in the power auger to clear that stubborn clog.
Before you grab that plunger, there is one special trick that will help you clear the clog faster. Head down to the kitchen and boil a gallon of water. Pour the hot water into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about a minute. This will allow the water to star to dissolve the toilet paper and organic material caught in the drain line. Now plunge it with three quick, sharp thrusts. If this doesn't work, try a hand crank drain snake to break through the clog.
Get a bucket and place it under your drain trap. Open the trap and let the water from the sink drain down. If the water doesn't drain, you have a clog in the upper part of the drain pipe. This can be cleared with a drain snake or, if it is a solid object, popped out with the handle of the plunger. If the water drains, the clog is in the trap or further down the line. Rinse the trap out in a separate sink. Snake the drain with a crank snake to clear the clog.
*Never use an over the counter drain solvent (Drain-O, Liquid Plumr, etc.). These caustic chemicals are bad for the drain pipes, bad for the environment, and can be hazardous to you if you don't use proper precautions.
Baths and showers usually have a 90 degree turn right at the beginning of the drain line. This can be tricky for amateurs using a drain snake. Push the snake forward while cranking it to get around that first turn. You can also lubricate the snake head with a bit of petroleum jelly to get it moving.
If all of your drains are running slow, the problem is in your lateral line. This is usually a problem that has to be taken care of by a professional. The cause of the clog could be invasive tree roots or a broken drain line. It is better to be safe than sorry in these cases.
Not all clogs can be removed with household equipment. Sometimes it takes the help of professional grade drain cleaning tools, and the people who know how to use them. When the time comes, we'll be here to help.