How to unblock a drain

How to unblock a drainDealing with a blocked drain can be tricky. Fortunately, there are steps you can take before calling a plumber to try to unblock a drain.

What you will need:

  • Plunger
  • Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)
  • Wet cloth

How to do it:

Step 1: Cover overflow opening in basin or tub with wet cloth. Most kitchen sinks and showers don’t have an overflow vent, but if you’re working on a basin or a bathtub, you should cover the overflow vents. Doing this allows us to increase the sucking power of the plunger by reducing the airflow through the vents.

Step 2: Put some Vaseline on the head of the plunger to ensure a good seal.  Place the plunger over the drain, then fill the blocked basin with enough water to cover the head of plunger, then rapidly pump plunger up and down. You should feel water move in and out of drain. It is this back-and-forth water pressure that can eventually build up enough force to dislodge whatever is blocking drain. After about a dozen firm strikes, jerk plunger up quickly. Water should rush out. If it doesn’t, try same procedure two or three more times before attempting another method.  Don’t be afraid to use some force here, it can take some strength to unblock a heavily blocked drain.

Step 3: If plunger doesn’t remove clog, consider using chemical drain drain cleaner.  You can get these at most hardware stores in your area.  Do not mess this stuff on your clothes – It is extremely corrosive!  Rather use a set of kitchen gloves when pouring it into your sink.  Also watch out for bubbling back and splashing on to your face.  This is Nasty stuff, don’t smell it either.

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