How to Clear a Clogged Drain

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A clogged drain can be frustrating. Unclogging a drain can be simple or not, depending on the cause of the clog. For example, if the clog is caused by tree roots getting into the main sewer pipe, you won't be able to clear it on your own. Try the following steps on your clog, and if they don't work, you will at least know that you've done everything you could before having to call a plumber.

Things You'll Need

  • Plunger
  • Drain opener
  • Plumbing snake
  • Plunger pump
  • Use the plunger to try to loosen the clog. Make sure to plunge up to 15 times, giving a full plunge to try to loosen the clog. Proceed to the next step if unsuccessful.

  • Try using the plunger pump. This works by using water to pressurize the drain to force your clog down. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions when using the plunger pump.

  • Use your plumbing snake by routing it down the drain and cranking the unit. This works by snaking through the pipes and pushing the material loose.

  • Try drain opener if you still haven't been able to clear your drain. For most clogs, this will work. But if you have a drain that is clogged with material deeper in the system, or with something that is not common, this might not work. This step is last because the drain opener is a dangerous chemical and there is the danger that it might splash on your skin. If the drain cleaner doesn't work, you will need to call a plumber.

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