Drain Clog Self Help – Try These Before Calling For Drain Cleaning Services

It always seems to happen at the most inopportune times – the dreaded drain clog! Not every clog requires an emergency call to Vancouver Drain Cleaners, however, there are steps you can take to salvage your weekend (evening, party, etc.). Try the following simple maneuvers while waiting for your Vancouver Plumbing experts to arrive.

Toilet Overflowing?

Nothing quite as nasty as the poo water from your overflowing toilet, is there? If your toilet has or is threatening to overflow, immediately remove the tank lid and lift the ball valve! This will prevent the bowl from filling. Next, turn off the water supply to the toilet. The supply valve is located behind or beside the toilet, just below the tank.

Using a toilet plunger (not a sink plunger!), try eliminating the clog. If the toilet begins to drain freely, restore water and try flushing again. Stand ready to repeat the water shut-off process! If the clog does not resolve with a proper plunge, you can attempt  drain cleaners to dissolve the matter. It is strongly advised that you call Vancouver Drain Cleaners for clogs that are not easily resolved with a plunger. It could be that the clog is further down the drain line and requires more aggressive removal.

To prevent most common clogs, be certain that only human waste and toilet paper are flushed down the toilet. Common culprits of toilet clogs include:

  • Feminine Sanitary Products (tampons, sanitary napkins, tapon applicators, etc.)
  • Paper Towels (often used in absence of toilet paper)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Scrub Pads or rags
  • Make-up Pads and Make-up Remover Pads
  • Cotton Balls

Kitchen Sink Clogs

Don’t panic when your kitchen sink clogs during that special dinner party! There are steps to be taken that may resolve the clog before Vancouver Drain Cleaning experts arrive.

Again, turn off the water supply. Making certain there is at least enough water to cover a sink (not a toilet) plunger’s cap, try dislodging the clog. If the clog persists, grab a bucket (or other vessel) to catch water from the P-trap.

The P-trap is located under the sink. Place the bucket under the trap, and loosen the slip-nuts on either end of the P-trap. Remove the trap, and allow water to drain into the bucket. Beware, once the trap is removed, if it is the source of the clog, all the water in the sink will drain into the bucket. Remove any matter in the trap and re-install in the sink drain. Test drainage. If the sink still drains slowly, you likely have a clog further down the drain line and will need the expert services of Vancouver Drain Cleaning.