Cleaning Clogged Drains Is the Most Common Challenge for Plumbers

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Clogged Drains Cleaning ChallengeOne of the most common challenges for plumbers is a clogged drain. As a Lake Worth homeowner, chances are you’ve faced more than your fair share of clogs. Some are easy to get rid of, but some require the attention of a professional. In this article, General Plumbing looks at cleaning clogged drains.

Bathroom Drain Clogs

Most bathroom drain clogs result when dirt, skin flakes, and hair binds to soap scum on the walls of drain pipes. Over time, this gunk accumulates and reduces water flow. Remove and clean the drain stopper. Next, try using a drain plunger, keeping in mind to block the overflow drain in the tub or sink.

Clogged Toilets

Clogged toilets are a nasty business. These mainly happen when people try flushing down items that do not dissolve or break apart in water, such as…

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Pre-moistened diaper wipes

The most effective plungers shoot jets of water to clear the drain pipe. Many have anti-microbial coatings.

Kitchen Sink Clogs

Kitchen sink drains clog when cooking grease or oil cake onto drain pipe walls. Add detergent soap scum and undissolved food particles (such as rice, which expands in water), and you’ve got a stubborn, gunky clog. Tackle kitchen sink drains like you tackle bathroom sinks. Start by running very hot water down the drain to soften the clog, followed by a dollop of dish detergent, and then more hot water. Wait a few minutes, and then use a plunger and repeat the hot water.

Contact General Plumbing Today

If you’d like to learn more about removing a clog in your home, give the experts at General Plumbing a call. You can reach us at (561) 420-0442 to speak to one of our teammates today. We’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you may have.