Tools You Need to Unclog a Drain

Tools You Need to Unclog a Drain

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Tools You Need to Unclog a Drain
May 28, 2021

Tools You Need to Unclog a Drain

Clogged drains is one of the common plumbing problems that plague homeowners in Blair County. This problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible, otherwise it may turn into a stubborn plumbing problem that will cost you a lot of money to fix. Thankfully, you can easily unclog a drain provided you have the right tools and you know how to use them. If you’re using the wrong tools, you may end up worsening the problem or even damage your drainage system. 

Let’s look at the tool you need to unclog a drain.    

1.    Plungers

A plunger works by creating hydraulic pressure to remove simple waste clogs in sinks, tubs, and showers. This tool is made up of a rubber suction cup and a wooden handle. To use a cup plunger, fill the sink or tub halfway with water and ensure the cup covers the drain opening. Press it down over the drain opening, then pull back up while keeping a tight seal over the drain opening to force air into the drain. This action will create concentrated thrusts that will help unclog the drain. A cup plunger should not be used for unclogging toilets. There's a plunger designed for unclogging toilets known as a flange plunger. You can find these plungers in your local home improvement store.

2.    Drain Snake

A drain snake is a long, flexible, tube-like tool used for breaking up and remove stubborn drain clogs. This tool comes with a sturdy handle and a bulbous barb on one end that loosens the clog that may be obstructing water flow. 

3.    Standard Pliers, Wrenches, And Files

These tools come in handy if there’s a need to loosen and remove the top of the drain. Standard pliers and wrenches help you to loosen and tighten nuts, bolts, and fittings on pipes.

4.    Plumber’s Tape 

You’ll need a plumber’s tape if the unclogging job involves loosening some fittings around the drain. This tape is used to seal pipe threads to prevent leaks at plumbing connections.  

5.    Wire Brushes

Wire brushes help with cleaning gunk after unclogging drains. They are used with chemical cleaning mixtures to remove buildup in your sink and tub.   

6.    Toilet Auger 

This tool has a long, flexible metal rod that can maneuver through the drain of the toilet to get rid of clogs. A toilet auger is simple to use as it has a bend that allows the tool to snake its way into the bottom of the toilet bowl. You simply need to rotate the auger once it's in place, and it will dislodge the clog.
These are the essential tools you need to unclog drains in your home. You can find these tools in home improvement stores. 

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing If You Need Help With Drain Cleaning

While it's easy to unclog a drain when you have the right tools, some drain problems can be complex to resolve if you don't have the know-how and experience. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we can help you fix a wide range of drain issues.