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Plumbing Tips For Clogged Drains

Monday, February 22, 2016 - by MPD Milton Plumber

 Milton, Ontario home owners and business owners are frequently inquiring for plumbing tips and tactics to avoid wasting money on home repair and home maintenance. Having slow drains and/or blocked drain pipes is a common household plumbing issue, which many times one can relieve the problem with the ease and often at low cost. In order to avoid spending money on hiring an expert Milton plumber (such as Mayfield Plumbing & Drains), you must learn to do some home maintenance repairs yourself, if possible. It is always recommend to leave larger plumbing issues and larger blocked drains for the licensed professional plumbers, as they will have the skills and experience to properly fix any plumbing problem you may have.

One of the most common slow drains and clogged drains to discover is the bathtub. Should you discover that your tub appears to be emptying water slower than normal, then you definitely must take a look for human hair choking up the p-trap. Eradicating hair discovered on the surface is as straightforward as cleaning the strands up. Remove the overflow cover and screw and cover the overflow pipe with a towel or rag. Then using a plunger, plunge the bathtub tub several times. You may loosen any hair and build and it may unclog itself. If a plunger doesn't work, try using a small hand held manual drain snake. Fish the drain snake cable through the overflow pipe opening. Once the cable is in the p-trap, turn the snake several times to unclog the trap. If hair was clogging the trap, you may see it on the cable as you retrieve the snake.

For bathroom basin sink slow drains and clogs, similar tips are recommended as for the blocked bathtub drain above. Blocking the sink overflow hole with a towel or rag, using a small plunger, plunge the sink drain. If it is a small blockage or slow drain, the plunger may work well. If the plunger does not work, removing the p-trap and emptying the contents may be the next step. Often times debris will build up in the p-trap, causing the basin sink blockage and/or slow drain. If a plunger and removing the trap do not work, you may have to call in your local licensed plumber to get the job done.

And now we come to the dreaded toilet clog. Blocked toilet drains usually happen at the worst possible time. One must be careful not to put too much toilet paper along with waste into one flush, as it could clog. The best way to avoid toilet clogs is to separate flushes. While it may not seem the best way to conserve water, it will however, in many cases, avoid a clogged toilet. Using a plunger will often times clear the toilet blockage. If a plunger fails, try using an auger. If the auger fails, again, it may be time to call in the professional plumber.

In all cases, small drain clogs and slow drains can often be cleared using the tips mentioned above. But it is always better to call your local licensed plumber to clear any clogged drains. Make Mayfield Plumbing & Drains your Milton plumber for all your plumbing needs from clogged drains, toilet installations to general plumbing repairs. Call 647.229.3766. 

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