You open your kitchen faucet and begin to wash your dishes. After a few minutes you are done with your chore, but the water on the sink is standing still and will not go down the drain. You have a blocked drain again and it is time to get out your arsenal of home tools to help you with clearing clogged drains Calgary. Now let us see some of the effective methods that you can use.
This is perhaps the first method most homeowners would try when they are cleaning clogged drain. You can use either a bathroom plunger, which is bigger, or a more appropriate sink plunger.
Before trying this out, do not remove all the water in the sink because for the plunger to work, it needs a few inches of water to create a vacuum. It is this vacuum that will suck the blockage from the drain. Do a couple of stronge plunges at a time, making sure that the edges of the plunger is touching the base of the sink with the drain right in the middle of the plunger. Stop after a dozen of tries because it only means is not enough to clear the drain.
Obviously the best tool for this is a plumber’s snake which is very effective especially if the blockage lies deep within the drainage pipe. But if you suspect that the blockage is not far from the surface, you can just poke around the pipe with a stick, a metal wire or anything that is thin enough to go through the pipe and dislodge any build up there.
- Good old baking soda
You have probably read about the hundreds of uses of baking soda, and clearing clogged drains is one of these. Create a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water. Pour the mixture into the drain, preferably with the water already removed from the sink. Repeat a couple more times until the blockage is removed.
- Flushing with baking soda
This is another baking soda remedy with another twist. First, remove the standing water in the sink. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Then pour a kettle of boiling water into the drain. Keep on pouring more boiling water until the blocked drain has cleared.
- Drain flushing
Again, this is achieved with a little help with some baking soda. Take out the water remaining in the sink. Open up the drain and toss around 1 cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Leave it for about 30 minutes to an hour and do not use the kitchen sink during this period. When the time has elapsed, pour a kettle of boiling water into the drain. Pour more boiling water until the blockage has been removed.
- Call a master plumber
When all else fails, it is time to ask for a professional Calgary plumbing service. The reason could be the blockage is already too great for any home remedy to remove. This is why a regular plumbing maintenance is important to ensure the smooth workings of your home plumbing.