3 Smartest Ways to Remove Clogs

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Easiest Ways to Remove Clogs

Removing plumbing clogs is simple, especially if your pipes aren’t too backed up. If your sinks are draining slowly, this is a sign that you have a clog, and removing a blockage from a slow drain can be fairly simple.

Here are some easy and smart ways to remove clogs from your drains.

Use a Drain Snake

A drain snake is a tool that’s shaped like a long, flexible cable with ridges that are used to pull. It removes clogs like hair, string, and other materials that can be pulled by its ridges.

Plumbing snakes are one of the most convenient ways to quickly remove stubborn clogs from hair in sinks and showers. They can be long enough to reach far into your pipes to grab onto a blockage and remove what a plunger can’t unclog.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you have the option to choose the right length and size for your drains.

Use Kitchen Ingredients

Maybe this one will sound familiar to you! Common household ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, salt, and hot water can be used to create the perfect concoction that’s sure to release a clog from your kitchen or bathroom sink.

To release a blockage from your drain try pouring hot water, with equal parts baking soda and vinegar (in that order) down the sink and cover it and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Once the 20 minutes are up, pour more hot water into the sink to clear the clog.

How does this work? The chemical reaction from the baking soda and vinegar creates enough pressure to break down the clog, but not too much that it will burst your pipes. Science is cool, right?

Use a Clothes Hanger

One item that everyone likely has in their home is a wire clothes hanger. The hanger trick is also pretty common, and the little hook at the end of the hanger is the key to getting rid of a stubborn clog in your drain.

The next time your drains are blocked, and you can’t release it, try sticking the end of the clothes hanger down the drain and using the hook to grab onto whatever is clogging the pipe. It’s the same idea as a plumbing snake and convenient if you don’t happen to own a drain snake.

Contact a Plumber to Do it for You

If you’ve tried all of these options plus some, then calling a plumber to remove especially stubborn clogs is your best bet. Our team at Rudd Plumbing is here for you! Just give us a call if you’re experiencing any kind of plumbing issues and we’ll be happy to help. Contact us at (903) 290-0851 to schedule an appointment!

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