While many people are spending this Black Friday getting a jump start on their holiday shopping, today is known as something completely different to plumbers – Brown Friday. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers, and many of our technicians will be spending their days dealing with clogged drains. Clogs are extremely common today because of all the cooking and cleanup that many of us did yesterday. Clogs may also occur as the result of houseguests putting additional strain on your home’s plumbing system. If you are having problems with your clogs today, here are a few tips to help you get things flowing smoothly again.
Easy Ways to Unclog a Drain
When you have a clogged drain, you may be tempted to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Stop! These products are extremely dangerous. In addition to damaging your pipes, they can be deadly if accidentally ingested. Rather than having these toxic chemicals in your home, try this:
Pour baking soda down your drain.
Add white vinegar.
Flush with hot water.
This safe, all-natural drain cleaning method works for many clogs, and it deodorizes your drain in the process.
If that didn’t work, try using a plunger. When plunging a sink, shower or toilet, make sure the plunger you use fits completely over the drain opening and forms a good seal. If you are plunging something like a double sink, plug the other drain with a wet rag. Hold the plunger upright, and plunge 6 to 10 times using vigorous strokes.
When you are dealing with a clogged shower or bathtub drain, a buildup of hair is likely the problem. One way to remove this type of clog is by unbending a metal clothes hanger and inserting it in your drain.
Clogged Drain in Hagerstown
If you are dealing with a clogged drain in Hagerstown and none of the techniques listed above have helped, contact Larry & Sons for professional drain cleaning. We can safely eliminate any clog without damaging your home’s plumbing system. Call 301-733-5428.