Tips on Clearing a Clogged Drain | R. A. Styron | Hampton Roads | Plumbing Specialists

A lot of stuff makes its way down the drains in your home. Bits of food in the kitchen sink and hairs in the bathroom, all combine with soap and can clog your drains. We often hear about customers attempting to clear a clog with those drain cleaning solutions. These solutions are caustic and eventually cause pipe erosion, it is not recommended to use them over an extended period of time. The good news is there are other easy and even cheaper ways to fix this problem. Here are a few tips:


Commercial products for bathroom clogs often have harsh smells as well. If you’d rather go the natural route when unclogging a drain, break out your teapot. Boil a full kettle of water and slowly pour it down the problem drain. The heat will break up any residue that is causing the clog, allowing you to get back to business as usual.


If you have a wet/dry vacuum, you have a great tool for unclogging drains. Simply turn it to the wet setting and cover the drain. Wearing a rubber glove, you can use your hand to make a good seal by creating an “O” shape over the drain and placing the vacuum wand on the other end. Try not to let any air escape. This will suck up whatever is causing the clog and you’ll be using the sink again in no time.


No, not the toilet plunger. These devices have different shapes for various plumbing needs. Sink plungers have a flat head, whereas ones for the toilet have a smaller opening and a more mushroom-like shape.  Simply place the plunger over the sink and push down on the handle until the clog has been forced out. Sometimes the mess comes up with the plunger and on other occasions it goes down the pipe and dissolves. Either way, you’ll be able to clean up the area and use it normally.


If you are still having problems with slow or clogged drains most local hardware stores rent drain machines and sell smaller drain clearing tools. If you are not familiar or comfortable using them, don’t. Severe damage can easily be caused to drain lines if drain machines are used incorrectly. Sometimes it’s just best to leave it to the professionals. If you are still in need of assistance call R. A. Styron today to schedule service with one of our experienced technicians to solve your drain problem once and for all.

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