How to Unclog a Sewer Pipe

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Clogged sewer pipes can be a headache for any homeowner, but ignoring the problem can have serious consequences for your home. Clogged sewer pipes will affect the entire house's drainage system, leading to unsanitary water resurfacing through household drains, potential flooding and expensive water damage. Furthermore, using the wrong techniques or materials could cause the clog to solidify in the pipe. Learning the proper techniques could help you save money and spare you the headaches caused by a flooded sewer pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel plumber's snake
  • Monkey wrench
  • Several buckets of hot water
  • Teflon tape
  • Standard screwdriver
  • Lift the strainer covering the drain using the standard screwdriver.

  • Remove the cleanout plug using the monkey wrench. The cleanout plug seals the bypass valve, allowing you to insert the snake without having to navigate through the sewer trap.

  • Insert the steel plumber's snake into the bypass valve. Continue feeding the snake into the drain until the blockage causes resistance. A steel snake will be flexible enough to navigate bends in the pipe.

  • Work the snake back and forth or in a circular motion until the snake feeds forward easily.

  • Repeat until the snake hits no resistance in the pipe.

  • Pour several buckets of hot water down the drain to ensure that the clog is cleared. Water should flow easily through the drain, and no water should resurface.

  • Affix Teflon tape to the threads of the cleanout plug. This will make removing the plug much easier in the future should the drain become clogged again.

  • Replace the cleanout plug in the bypass valve and recover the drain with the strainer.

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