Home ImprovementHow to Unblock a Toilet – 4 Simple Ways
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It’s safe to say that nobody enjoys standing in a pool of murky water while taking a shower. If you find that you’re dealing with a blocked shower drain, you should take care of the issue before the clog gets larger and more challenging to handle.
But what if you don’t know how to unblock a shower drain? Worry not! The Fantastic Services team is here to help you handle this task successfully.
So, if you are:
Then read on! This article has all the answers.
Many things can result in a clogged drain. However, some are more common than others. So, the issue behind your blocked drain may arise from:
One of the most common results from this blockage is having smelly drains. That’s why it’s important to find the source of the problem and fix it as soon as possible.
So, now that you know what may be causing the clog in your drain, it’s time to learn how to get rid of it.
If you can reach the blockage by hand, you can grab your rubber gloves and pull the clog out. However, if that is not possible, give one of the following methods a try.
This solution can work for soap and grease build-up, but may not be effective against more severe clogs and hair stuck in the drain.
Simply boil a kettle of water, wait a minute or so, and carefully pour it down the drain. If you have a funnel, it can help protect you from any spills.
We recommend that you don’t use boiling hot water, as that may cause warping of your pipes.
The success of this method will depend on the type of clog you’re dealing with and how close it is to the drain hole. Generally, the closer it is, the better.
To get a better seal and better suction, you can add some petroleum jelly to the edge of the plunger. Run the water so that the tip is submerged; this will help as well.
Now that the tool is sealed around the drain, just start plunging vigorously. It may take a while for you to generate enough suction to loosen the clog, so don’t give up.
If plunging doesn’t do the trick, you might want to move on to the following methods.
If you’re wondering how to unblock a shower drain naturally, baking soda and vinegar are a trusted alternative to commercial chemicals.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Grab a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain.
Give it a couple of minutes to work.
Take a cup of white vinegar and pour it down the drain. The solution should start fizzing up.
Let the mixture work its magic for a couple of hours.
Pour hot (not boiling) water down the drain to clear it out.
Plumber’s snakes, often called drain snakes, are an excellent way to handle clogs caused by hair and other debris.
To use a drain snake, push it down the drain until you reach the clog. Turn the handle, then bring the snake back up, pulling out the blockage. Run the water to test if the clog has cleared up completely.
If you don’t have a drain snake, you can try using a hook. Simply twist some wire into the shape of a hook and push it down the drain, twist it when you reach the clog, then pull it back up.
Commercial chemicals are very effective and work fast. However, they should be used as a last resort as they can cause damage to the pipes if applied repeatedly. Use them carefully and never mix the chemicals, as that may cause the release of poisonous gas.
If none of the other methods work and you need to resort to chemicals, make sure to wear protective gear and follow the instructions on the label carefully.
If you don’t have the time, tools or desire to handle a clogged drain by yourself, you can always rely on the experts. The experienced and reliable plumbers who Fantastic Services works with are ready to help you with this issue and any others you may be dealing with. They are available 7 days a week, including holidays!
Simply book your appointment online and the plumbers will handle the rest!
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