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3 Easy Ways to Unclog Drains Yourself

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You don't like to think about it, but a blocked drain is a plumbing problem that can arise at any time, and when it does happen, you'll need to take corrective action. While you can always call an emergency plumber when you pick up the signs of a blockage in your residential drains, there are things you can do to try to fix the issue yourself. 

If you don't mind being your own plumber, here are some proven ways to dislodge drain clogs. 

1. Grab a Plunger

When it comes to dealing with minor drain clogs, a plunger is the first tool to reach for. All you have to do to clear a blockage is to create an airtight seal over the drain opening and plunge it vigorously multiple times until the stoppage clears. 

Keep in mind that different kinds of plungers exist, and each is designed with specific uses in mind. Make sure you match your plunger to your job. Generally, the standard plunger is suitable for clearing clogs from the sink, shower and bathtub drains while others like flange and Accordion plungers are specifically made for fixing toilet clogs. 

2. Use a Cable Auger

To clear clogs located farther down the drains, you may need a plumbing tool that can be inserted and pushed deeper into the drain. Typically, a cable auger is a tool you should use in such situations.

Depending on which drains need to be unclogged, you may need to remove the drain cover so you can access the drain opening. 

Insert the end of the auger into the stopped-up drain pipe and rotate the handle. As the auger uncoils, it pushes deeper into the drain until it dislodges the clog. Pull out the auger once the clog clears.

3. Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Where mechanical tools such as plungers and cable augers fail to work, you can use drain cleaning products to get your drains flowing smoothly again. It's, however, worth mentioning that while these drain clog removers can be effective at clearing clogs, they can damage your drains due to the chemical reactions they trigger inside the drains.

These clog removal products should be used as a last resort only.

Blocked drains are annoying but they shouldn't be difficult to fix. With the right tools and supplies and a 'can-do' attitude, you should be able to unclog your drains. If the above-discussed clog removal methods fail to work, it's best to call a local emergency plumber.