Encountering clogged drains in your home can be extremely frustrating. Many people try to remedy the situation on their own with at-home chemical drain cleaners; however, these are expensive and rarely work on stubborn clogs. What’s more, chemical drain cleaners are not only bad for the environment but are also damaging to your pipes and your plumbing system. If you need plumbing repair, your first step should be to call a Charlotte plumber, like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Charlotte, who can assist you with proper professional plumbing techniques. If you do want to attempt to unclog the drain on your own, avoid using chemical drain cleaners. Instead, here are some tips for unclogging drains on your own.
Manually is the first step to try. Use a plunger to try and unstuck the clogged pipe. If that doesn’t work, try to unclog your clogged pipe with hot boiling water. Most clogs in sinks, tubs, and other drains are caused by a combination of built-up hair, soap scum, and tepid water. If you have metal pipes, hot boiling water can be an excellent remedy for even the worst clogs. However, do not use boiling water on plastic PVC pipes or pour it on the porcelain sink because boiling water can soften PVC pipes and loosen joints. If you are not sure whether you have metal or plastic PVC pipes, don’t risk it by trying it anyway. Call a professional to check for you.
Also, simply turning on the tap as hot as it will go will not work. You must boil water on the stove and put boiling water down the drain for it to efficiently clear the built-up blockage. If this does not work, your clogged pipe needs professional help. At this point, it’s time to call the experts. Even though the situation seems hopeless, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Charlotte can help you get out even the worst clogs. Call us at 704-461-1700 for quick and immediate assistance with your clogged drains.