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Best Practices for Drain Cleaning

As a homeowner, it is essential to take the time out each month to clean and protect the drains within your home. Anything, from hair to soap scum, can become attached along the walls of the pipe and cause stoppages to be created. These can be harmful and ultimately cause a leak and or burst to occur if not properly taken care of. Here are some tips and procedures that can be done to aid in eliminating debris from the water outlets of your bathroom and avoid having to contact a plumber and assume the high costs of the repairs.

Remove Drain Catcher to Manually Unclog

The bathtub is where a majority of water is used on a monthly basis and where a lot of clogs and blockages tend to occur. When starting in the bathtub, use a flat-head screwdriver to carefully remove the top cover of the water outlet. Once the cover has come off, remove the netting from the opening as carefully as possible. Open the pores of the netting with a wire brush in the bathroom sink until all water is flowing through it without issue. The last part of this procedure would be to take a painting stick and dig into and around the front part of the pipe leading out of the tub. This is the main part where a lot of debris and hair gets caught and starts the clogging of the tube.

Use a Snake

Once the front has been modified, the plumbing snake will be the next tool to use to work the further along parts of the pipe leading out of the tub. Begin to uncoil the snake to about 4 feet of lag and feed it down slowly into the opening. The snake has been created with rough edges and teeth that eats away at any debris that has made its home on the sides of the pipe. Once the debris has been removed and the side of the pipe is clear, the loosened debris will flow down the pipe when washed away or will come back up with the snake when you re-coil. This snake process will have to be done many times until the snake comes back with no debris.

Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

After the process has been completed with the snake, the nettingpart should be put back in place at the top of the pipe and the cover secured back into place. The last step will involve the use of chemicals specifically made for cleaning and coating. The solution will be poured into the pipe and allowed to set for a specific amount of time. This period allows for any excess debris to be removed from the sides of the pipe and allow for the solution to coat the sides for protection. After the set time is over, hot water should be run for about ten minutes to wash away the chemicals and debris within the pipes.

Consult a Professional

If the options above have not worked in clearing out the drain within your tub, it would be best to contact a plumbing contractor and consult with them about what the next steps would be.

Rachel is a blogger for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, a plumbing company in Charlotte, NC who specializes in drain cleaning. You can follow Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Charlotte @BFCharlotteNC.

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