Drain cleaning is an essential maintenance task for homeowners and property managers to prevent clogs and keep plumbing systems running smoothly. While most plumbing jobs require a plumbing expert, simple drain cleaning can be a DIY task. Read on to learn more about basic drain cleaning.
Tools and materials
What tools should you have on hand in case of a basic plumbing problem or clogged drain? Here are a few drain cleaning must-haves the pros at Rucci recommend keeping in stock:
Drain snake (also called a drain auger)
Bucket or old towels
The best way to avoid clogs is to prevent them in the first place. Use drain covers to catch hair, food particles, and other debris from going down the drain. Be cautious about what you flush or wash down the drain. Avoid putting grease, coffee grounds, and non-dissolvable items like paper towels or wet wipes down the drain.
Pour boiling water down the drain weekly to help dissolve soap scum and prevent buildup. You can also try mixing a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar and pouring it down the drain. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then flush with hot water to clean and deodorize the drain.
Using a plunger
If you have a clogged sink or bathtub drain, you can actually use a plunger to get things moving. (We recommend designating a drain plunger that stays separate from the toilet plunger).
Fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover the plunger’s rubber cup. Position the plunger over the drain and push down firmly, then pull up quickly to create suction. Repeat several times until the clog is cleared.
Using a drain snake
For more stubborn clogs, a drain snake or auger can be effective. Start by inserting the snake into the drain. Next, turn the handle clockwise while pushing it in. This helps break up and pull out the clog. Once the clog is cleared, slowly retract the snake, cleaning it as you go.
Chemical drain cleaners (Use with caution!)
Chemical drain cleaners can be used as a last resort, but they should be handled with care and according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and your plumbing.
Calling a professional
If you can’t clear the clog yourself or if you suspect a more significant issue with your plumbing system, it’s best to call a professional plumber for assistance. The experts at Rucci are always standing by to help.
Preventing future clogs
To prevent future clogs, consider installing drain screens or strainers in your sinks and showers. Be mindful of what goes down the drain, and avoid flushing large items, chemicals, or excessive grease.
Remember that proper maintenance and prevention are key to minimizing the need for drain cleaning. Regularly cleaning your drains and being mindful of what goes down them can save you from the hassle and expense of dealing with stubborn clogs.
Rucci is the affordable plumbing and repair service you can trust
If your plumbing issue turns out to be a problem requiring a more complex fix than drain cleaning – you’ll want a certified master plumber on your side. At Rucci, we have decades of experience fixing common plumbing issues, as well as tackling the most complex jobs. For affordable plumbing repair and plumbing service in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and parts of New Jersey, contact us to become a customer or get a free estimate on your next plumbing project.