The bathroom is one of the main troubleshooting areas when it comes to drain clogs. That’s because, unlike the kitchen and other areas of the home with drains, there are three types of clogs that typically become problematic in a bathroom – those in sinks, toilets and shower drains.
Here’s a look at the three main types of bathroom clogs and how to treat them:
With the likes of toothpaste, soap, hair and other bathroom products entering the sink drain on a routine basis, it’s bound to get clogged at some point. So how do you go about unclogging it? First, determine that the issue at hand is indeed localized to just your bathroom sink and not several sinks. If it’s the former (which it is likely to be), you just need to deal with the individual bathroom sink. But if it’s the latter, you’re facing a larger issue involving the sewer drainage lines which is a whole new problem in and of itself.
So how do you resolve bathroom drain clogs? Start with hot water – and we mean boiling hot water – and pour it down the drain to remove the clog. If that doesn’t work, move on to a cup or flange plunger to pump the clog out. Finally, if the cup plunger fails to remove the drain, your best bet is getting a sink auger or using an environmentally friendly drain cleaner.
A clogged toilet is usually a very easy issue to solve – and it all starts with a plunger. Before you try anything else, reach for the plunger and patiently and steadily attempt to pump the clog out. More often than not, a few minutes using the plunger is enough to generate enough pressure to solve the problem. However, if a plunger fails, then a drain snake is your next best option. Drain snakes feed into the toilet and travel until they reach the source of the clog. Then, they break it up. If both of the aforementioned methods fail, a phone call to a professional plumber should be made.
A plugged up shower drain is most likely a hair and soap clog. So just how to open a hair clog? Before you bust out any heavy artillery, it’s worth a close inspection of the drain to see if the clog exists near the surface. To do this, just grab a screwdriver and pop off the top of the drain. Then use a flashlight to look down the drain. If the hair clog is located near the surface, simply just reach in and snatch it out. If it’s deeper down the drain, then either purchase a drain snake or make an impromptu one out of a clothes hanger or similar wire object. Then just snake it down into the drain and try to hook the hair to it. It’s likely that the hair is clumped together, which makes for an easier removal, but repeat the process several times until you’re not pulling up any more hair and are certain that the drain is free again. If you need to use a drain opener product, choose DrainOut® Bathroom Drain Opener. It's specifically formulated to tackle your tough clog and be safe on your septic system.
Chemicals are an option, but ensure whatever you're cleaning your drain or septic system with is environmentally friendly and contains natural ingredients. You can also work to prevent those stubborn bathroom clogs by using a DrainOut® Drain Freshener & Clog Preventer.