Plumbers Tips: Great Ways To Unblock A Drain

Unblock A Drain

To unblock a drain is probably one of the worst DIY jobs a person can think off. Most people would rather wash the swimming pool with a toothbrush before facing the challenge of a drain. The smell is bad and the experience unpleasant, which is why you want to do it quickly and effectively.

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  • Schuler Service Inc : – (610) 434-7103
  • Robinson Plumbing : – (610) 351-9889
  • Maitz Home Services : – (800) 282-1505

Just read a little further about the best ways you can tackle this mess without getting dirty.

Don’t Let It Clog

This sounds rather stupid doesn’t it? But would you prefer unclogging it several times a month? Always keep in mind that drains function on a daily basis. This is also means that a lot of garbage moves through those pipes. It’s obvious that they are going to start packing up at some point. There are several drain unblocking products on the market, ranging from powders to liquid, which you can use to keep those drains clean. Prevention is better than retaliation in this case.

The Options You Have

Power snake used for drain cleaning by plumbersYour first option is to call a professional, but this seems rather drastic. It could be a small blockage that only needs a little plunge to fix. You definitely won’t have to suffer through that unpleasant smell, but it’s going to cost you. The second option is to go the hardware store and ask for some powerful drain cleaner products. This can be in powder form, for which you typically need boiling water, or as a liquid. Regardless of the form it comes in, always use it with safety in mind. These products are made out of very toxic and harmful compounds. You never want to get into direct contact with the substance, nor do you want to smell it.

Assuming you don’t have time to go to the hardware store and you don’t feel like paying a professional something you can do, then try this home remedy. Try to get the area as dry as possible. Remove all access water if possible. Now throw some baking soda down the drain, about a cup. Make sure that it goes down rather deep. This is followed by two cups of boiling hot water and give it a few minutes to mix with the baking soda. Now add more baking soda, but keep some vinegar  handy, preferably one cup, because this goes in right after the baking soda. Finish the process by replacing the plug in the sink or the cover of the drain hole. Some strange sizzling noise should be coming from the drain and that is a very good sign.

It means the mixture is working and the drain should be clean after a few minutes. Last but not least, you can use a plunger if the above products do not work. However, this will take more effort and leave some water in the sink to help the plunger to stick. Conclusion Until science can invent better methods of cleaning drains, these are your best and quickest options to unblock a drain.


How to Clean a Clogged Drain – Slow Bath Drain


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I show how to clean a clogged drain with The Drain Claw.

The primary problem for slow bath drains is hair. Whether it’s your tub, shower or sink, you can unclog a drain with this drain snake.

We lose about 100 hairs a day and most while taking a bath or shower. The hair wraps around the opening of the drain and builds up over time catching soap, dirt and debris slowing down or clogging the drain.

Using a drain tool like this can keep hair from traveling further down the drain and causing a clog that requires chemicals to unclog a drain. With a push and twist motion you can grab hair and unclog a drain. It is much easier than trying to grab hair with a needle nose pliers or coat hanger.


How to Install a Plumbing Access Panel : Plumbing Repair Tips


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Installing a plumbing access panel will give you greater control over the entirety of the system installed within your house. Find out how to install a plumbing access panel with help from a longtime plumbing professional in this free video clip.

Expert: Linda Stanfield
Bio: Linda Stanfield, the president of the locally owned office of Benjamin Franklin,The Punctual Plumber has excelled in customer service while sharing great plumbing knowledge with consumers.
Filmmaker: William Watters

Series Description: Just because you’re experiencing a few issues with your water pressure or a backed up pipe doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to run out and call an expensive repairman. Get plumbing repair tips with help from a longtime plumbing professional in this free video series.


Rectorseal SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool – Clears Clogged Condensate Drain Lines


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The SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool clears clogged debris from 3/4″ primary and secondary condensate drain lines The tool uses RectorSeal’s popular Safe-T-Switch® SS1 inline overflow/shutoff switch body or any condensate drain 3/4″ PVC inline tee as an access cleanout fitting. The sturdy ABS plastic tool fits through the top of an SS1 body after removing the electronic float switch. The sturdy lazy L-shaped tool’s 5/8″ (O.D.) ribbed nozzle fits snuggly into 3/4″ (I.D.) fittings and helps maintain a tight seal. The opposite end features a plastic female fitting that tightly connects a shop vacuum, RectorSeal’s MightyPump™ drain line pump or other pressurizing device hoses.

Features & Benefits:

Saves service call time – by eliminating the need to cut a condensate line for access
bidirectional design can position pressurization for upstream or downstream blockages
circumvents labor-intensive jerry-rigging of a blockage dislodging tool or adapting fittings for nitrogen or CO2 cartridge drain line blow-out
fits condensate drain lines of all residential and most commercial air conditioning systems up to 20-tons
can be left on the jobsite or carried in a toolbox.
of all air conditioner brands and sizes.

How to Use:

1. Remove SS1 Cup/Float subassembly from SS1 body.(i.e. the Tee).

2. Clear debris or any otherobstacles inside SS1 body.

3. Route the Cleanout Tool into SS1 body. Either upstream or down-stream depending on where blockage is. Insert the rubber nozzle portion into the 3/4”pipe gluedto SS1 body on the blockage side.

4. Attach a pressurizing (or vacuuming) device (such as Rec-torSeal Mighty™ Pump) to Cleanout Tool’s rigid plastic opening. Pump or vacuum until the blockageis cleared.

5. Disconnect the pressurizing (or vacuuming) device from Cleanout Tool.

6. RemoveCleanout Tool and hang it outside of the SS1 body.

7. Insert SS1 Cup/Float subassembly into SS1body. Test SS1 function


Hansgrohe Metro kitchen faucet leak repair


I had this Hansgrohe Metro kitchen faucet and it started leaking where the braided hose connects to the sprayhead. I contacted the manufacturer and they sent me a new hose to install which fixed the problem

Here is the link to my original review after installing the metro faucet.