Five Ways to Fix a Slow Drain
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Five Ways to Fix a Slow Drain
Oct 31, 2022

Five Ways to Fix a Slow Drain

It’s always worrying and frustrating to deal with slow drains, especially if you don’t know what could be the cause of the problem. Slow-moving drains can bring the use of your kitchen sink or bathroom to a grinding halt. If nothing is done to repair slow-moving drains, this can lead to bigger and more expensive plumbing issues.

Fortunately, we’ve got practical remedies for slow-moving drains. In this article, we will highlight five common ways to fix a slow drain.

Baking Soda Method

Baking soda and vinegar are common household products you can use to clear a slow drain. When baking soda and white vinegar mix together, they create a chemical reaction that can break down clogs in drains.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Step 1: Allow the water to drain completely and pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of white distilled vinegar.
  2. Step 2: Plug the drain and allow the mixture to fizz in the drain for 30 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Unplug the drain and pour a pot of boiling water into the drain to clear away the clog.

If this method doesn’t work, try a different method.

Use A Plunger

Here’s how to use a plunger to fix a slow drain:

  1. Step 1: Make sure there’s some water in the sink or toilet before you start plunging.
  2. Step 2: Place the plunger over the drain opening and make sure there’s a good seal over the drain.
  3. Step 3: Push the plunger up and down for around 30 seconds to one minute.
  4. Step 4: Turn on the water to see if the problem is fixed.

Use A Drain Snake

A drain snake, also known as a hand auger, is a slender device that you can use to dislodge clogs in drains.

Here’s how to use a drain snake to fix a slow drain:

  1. Step 1: Insert the drain snake into the drain and keep pushing the device into the drain pipe until you feel resistance.
  2. Step 2: Keep rotating the handle in a clockwise direction as you push the drain snake into the drain.
  3. Step 3: The rotating action will help the snake’s tip cling to the clog or chop it.
  4. Step 4: You can push the snake through the clog or rotate it in an anticlockwise direction and pop it out.
  5. Step 5: Flush hot water down the drain to rinse away the remnants of the clog.

Remove and Clean the P-Trap

One of the common causes of slow drains is an obstructed p-trap. To clean the p-trap, remove water from the sink using a cup or place a bucket under the pipe. Unscrew the bolts on either end and remove the curved piece of pipe with a wrench. Remove the blockage and reconnect the p-trap.

Call an Experienced Plumber to Help You Out

If the methods mentioned above do not work, call a professional plumber to help you with drain cleaning. An experienced plumber will come in with advanced drain cleaning tools and get your clogged drain back to working properly again.

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