A pipe that has completely stopped functioning or runs sluggishly is usually clogged with various materials including, hair strings, soap, grease particles, or any other solid objects. However, drains, in particular, are usually in their perfect condition, but the task of fixing them mostly depends on their type as well as location. Below are some of the simplest, efficient and cost-effective techniques on how to fix a clogged pipe thus help in relieving your stress as well as prevent the development of further plumbing complications.
Clean the clogged pipe
Even if some plumbing tasks are somehow complicated, you can easily handle some simple cleaning tasks on your own. First, you will need to place an empty container particularly underneath the trap or the U-shaped pipe under the sink to hold or collect water that might spill. Using wrench, carefully loosen the nuts at both tips of the trap. You can then finish the task by your hand. After ensuring that the trap is free, take it out and then turn it upside down to empty the discharged contents into the container. You will also need to clear its inside layer to remove the debris that might have stuck, and also clean the supporting pipes in the same way. You can use an old toothbrush which works perfectly to remove the tough gunk. Finally, rinse the pipes as well as the trap with clean water and then connect it back. In most cases, after performing this task, it results in positive outcomes after solving the problem.
Use a bent wire
This method is simple but it is an effective way. Take a wire, for example, that of a coat hanger and then stretch it until it straightens out. After which you bend one tip over to form a hook. Push it past the pipe’s cover then start fishing. Upon doing this, you will be able to remove all sorts of hair as well as other nasty stuff from the pipe. Remember, you should be pulling out junk but not pushing it further. After removing as much dirt as you can, you will need to run hot water in order to clear things up effectively.
Apply boiling water
This is one of the easiest tips that you can use to unclog a pipe. Switch on the kettle full of water or use a microwave or stove and allow it to boil. Pour it down the pipe slowly in three to four stages, while allowing the boiled water to work for about half a minute after every pour. It is one of the fastest and simplest ways to fix a clogged pipe.
Use baking soda and salt
Mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of table salt and pour the mixture down the clogged pipe. Then, leave it for about fifteen minutes, after which you boil some water and pour it down the pipe to react with the mixture. The combination of boiling water, baking soda, and salt will result in a chemical reaction which will dissolve some blockages thus ensuring that your pipe works effectively.
Use caustic soda
You will need to have eye protection gadget and some rubber gloves. Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide can result in serious chemical burn injuries. You can buy the chemical from your local hardware and ensure that you handle it with caution. Into a mop container or bucket, pour a quarter full gallon of cold water. Into it, carefully add three cups of this chemical and stir it well using a wooden spoon. They will react and the mixture will start to fizz as well as heat up. Then, pour the solution into the clogged pipe, after which you leave for about half an hour, then flush your pipe with boiling water. Vinegar and baking soda Mix a half glass of vinegar and a half glass of baking soda in a jug. Since the mixture will fizz instantly, you immediately pour it down into the clogged pipe. This fizzing action usually helps to get rid of the hair, gunk, as well as grime that accumulates in the drain. Leave it for some few hours or if possible for even an overnight then flush it using hot water.
Remember, if you try these tips and none of them works to solve the problem with your clogged pipe, then you might need to consider hiring a professional plumber to fix the issue. However, you should wait until you have tried a number of these cheap techniques before you consider hiring a plumber.