When money’s tight, financial emergencies can really throw a wrench into your budget. While you likely have money allocated to go to certain bills or expenses, having something sprung on you that causes you to spend money you weren’t intending and might not even have can cause a lot of stress in your life. Especially if the emergency has to do with repairs needing to be made for your home, like issues with your plumbing, the costs can sometimes be more than you can handle. So to help you try to fix things on your own before turning to a professional plumber for help, here are three things you should try when your drain is blocked before calling a plumber.
Pour Down Boiling Water Down The Drain
In some situations, the easiest solution can be the one that does the trick. So if you’ve got a blocked drain, it’s always smart to try addressing it with a simple fix first. According to Paul Michael, a contributor to WiseBread.com, pouring hot, boiling water down the drain can sometimes dislodge whatever’s causing your blockage. Once you have a decent amount of boiling water, slowly pour it down the drain two or three times with a few seconds of a break in between each time. If this trick doesn’t work, move on to the next DIY-drain-blockage-removing idea.
Create Suction With A Plunger
Another option to try to remove a blockage in your drain is to use a little more force. While most people only think of using a plunger to unclog a toilet, a plunger can be used to create necessary suction is all types of situations. For guidance here, Merle Henkenius, a contributor to This Old House, advises that you remove anything that might be blocking the drain on the outside before you start plunging, like a screen or plug. Once that’s gone, stick the plunger over the hole for the drain and try to use the suction to move the blockage enough to dislodge it and send everything going straight down the drain once again.
Try Snaking The Drain
If you can’t remove the blockage with hot water or a plunger, you might want to try manually snaking the drain on your own before you give up and call in a professional to fix your problem. To do this, Rachel Vega and Doug Bonderud, contributors to Angie’s List, recommends that you get a handheld steel drain snake that you can pick up from any hardware store for a relatively cheap price. Once you have this tool, thread it down the drain to grab onto anything the might be causing the block so you can physically remove it and open your drain back.
If you have a blocked drain that you want to try to fix yourself, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you try to unclog your drain before calling in a professional plumber to take care of it for you.