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The Do’s and Don’ts of Handling a Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is a common plumbing problem that occurs in most homes from time to time. They can be a hassle to deal with and a major inconvenience for members of the home. Sometimes these clogs are preventable, and other times they’re inevitable. Regardless of the case, here’s a look at some of the safe and not-so-safe practices for fixing your clog:

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Use Chemical Cleaners

It may be tempting to pour a store-bought chemical cleaner into your drain, but this is certainly not advised. In reality, these cleaners are very powerful. The may dissolve whatever material is clogging up your drain, but it may also destroy your pipes as well. These cleaners can corrode your pipes and if you’re not careful, your skin too.

Use Professional Tools if You Lack Experience

It’s relatively easy to get your hands on professional tools, but without proper training and knowledge on how to use these tools, you can cause even more damage to your drains. Not to mention, these tools can cause serious injury to an untrained user.



Try to a Plunger

Even though plungers are commonly thought of only as a tool for clogged toilets, they can also serve as a tool for unclogging your drains. If the thought of using your toilet plunger for other drains concerns you, you can buy a separate mini plunger that is designated specifically for unclogging drains. With a little patience and practice, this can be an effective way to loosen a clog and fix your drain.

Try Snaking the Drain

This is another effective tool for unclogging a drain. A drain snake is a long, flexible metal cable with a small auger or uncoiled spring at the end of it. You insert it into the drain and continue pushing the cable through until it reaches and breaks through the material that is clogging the pipe. You can buy one for as little as $10 at your local hardware, grocery, or appliance shop.

Call a Sykesville, MD Plumbing Company

If both of those methods don’t work, or you don’t want to go through the hassle of unclogging a drain on your own, you need to call a reputable Maryland plumber to do it for you. Plumbers have high-quality tools needed to fix any clogged drain. They also do the job in a timely manner, so you don’t have to worry about a clogged drain interrupting your daily routine.


Have a Clogged Drain?

If you’re experiencing a clogged drain, you need Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. We can determine the exact reason for the clog in the first place and implement the best solution. We use high-quality tools, which means that we’re able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call or contact us today to inquire about our emergency plumbing services!

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