With all of the dirt and other stuff that goes down the drain, the inevitable clog is sure to happen. Thankfully, plumbing companies in Edmonton like Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd. are available to clear up the mess.

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However, before you pick up that phone and call the experts, you might as well try to at least minimize the problem that the plumber will have to deal with. First, there’s the hot water solution. You may be tempted to go directly to the chemical solution, but water is easier on the pipes than most other solvents. All it involves is boiling water in a kettle to pour down the drain. Of course, this works best with light clogs that slow the draining of water, and not full-blown blockages. Additionally, don’t get the water too hot – PVC pipes melt at 175 degrees; if you don’t know what type of pipes you have just go for just the right amount of hot water.

Second, there’s making your own drain cleaner. You’d think it would be better to shop around Edmonton for drain cleaners, but commercial solutions can be too harsh for your pipes. A half-cup each of vinegar and baking soda poured after the other down the drain should clear up most clogs. Leave it for a half-hour then pour in hot water to clear things up.

If that doesn’t unclog it, you’ll need to use more physical solutions like a plunger. Lowes.com has an article on its site on how to properly use one:

  • Block the overflow holes, other drains in adjacent sinks, or any other openings by stuffing wet rags into the holes.
  • If water is not already present in the basin, run two to three inches of water over the drain hole. The water helps to force the obstruction out of the way and lets you know when you succeed in pushing the clog out.
  • Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger. The petroleum jelly helps to create a tighter seal, thereby producing greater suction.
  • Force the plunger handle down powerfully numerous times. After plunging for a minute or two, stop to test whether water will drain from the sink. Try plunging again if the drain is still sluggish. When clear, run hot water to flush away any remaining particles from the clog.

If the blockage persists, leave it to the trusty professional. Further home solutions can result in damage to your plumbing.

(Source: Clear a Clogged Drain, Lowes.com)