Drain Cleaning – How to Get Rid of a Blocked Drain

Drains are a crucial part of your home, but they can be pretty inconvenient when they aren’t working properly. The good news is that, even if the blockage is significant, there are many effective DIY methods to get it cleared. Some of these Portland, OR can be found right in your kitchen pantry, while others require a trip to the hardware store. Whether you are looking to unclog a shower or tub drain, kitchen sink, laundry room or toilet, these drain cleaning techniques can help.

How do I clean my drains?

For sinks, tubs and showers, a simple plunger can often do the trick. First, remove any pop-up or stopper to gain access to the drain opening itself. If the clog is a hairline one, try using a handheld plastic tool called a “hair plunger” that has burrs on its end to snag and hold onto the hair. If the clog is deeper, try a bellows or accordion plunger that can create a strong, steady stream of pressure to clear the blockage.

If the clog is not easily dislodged with a plunger or other manual method, a professional plumber will be able to use more advanced tools such as a snake or drain auger to break down the clog and remove it. Another option is hydro jetting, which uses high-pressure blasts of water to clean the interior of pipes and make it more difficult for debris to clog them again.

The best way to prevent drain clogs is by doing regular maintenance on all your plumbing fixtures. If your drains do become blocked, however, you can count on the professional plumbers at Walsh Brothers to restore your home’s plumbing to its normal function.