DIY Plumbing when You’ve Got a Nasty Clog

Older houses often have plumbing issues, but no matter how new your house is, or how pristine your pipes, occasional clogs are inevitable. Knowing how to clear them by yourself will save you money because you won’t have to call in a plumber every time. Some clogs may require more than the typical plunger, but we’ve got the right tools to help you take care of them.

First, make sure to choose the right tools for the job. You probably already have a plunger, which can be used for clogs in toilets, tubs, and sinks, but if you don’t, they’re inexpensive and easy to find. If your clog is further down the drainpipe and harder to dislodge, you may need a cable auger, also known as a plumber’s snake, which is a long, flexible steel cable wound around a spool fitted with a hand crank. These are made for just about any kind of clog, but a closet auger is made specifically for toilets. If your clog is very large, choose an electric power auger, which can cut through just about anything, including tree roots.

If your sink is clogged, follow these steps:

  • Try putting baking soda, then vinegar, then boiling water down the drain.
  • Move on to a plunger, then move forward if that doesn’t work.
  • Unscrew the sink trap, drain water into a bucket, remove horizontal trap arm.
  • Feed the snake into the drainpipe and turn the crank to advance the cable.

If your tub is clogged follow the same procedure with baking soda, vinegar, hot water, and then plunger, but if that doesn’t work:

  • Take off the cover from the tub drain, then clean the drain as much as you can with a bent wire.
  • If the clog is still not dislodged, use the cable auger.

Most toilet clogs can be cleared with a plunger, but if not:

  • If not, use the auger.
  • Once you think you’ve got it clear, flush the toilet to clear the pipe.
  • Repeat with an auger if it’s still slow.

There’s really no reason to invest in owning an auger for the occasional clog when it’s easy to rent one. When you rent, you get the added bonus of being able to ask for instructions and help in using the machine. A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

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