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How to Deal With a Clogged Drain in Your Home

How to Deal With a Clogged Drain in Your Home

There is nothing quite as frustrating as a clogged drain in your home's sinks, tubs, or toilets. They can make normal tasks (such as washing or flushing) extremely difficult - and messy. Unless you have an excess of kitchens or bathrooms in your home, they also need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Luckily there are multiple ways to deal with a clogged drain in your home, though some are more effective than others.

Store Bought Drain Cleaners

There are many products on the market that claim to be able to quickly and easily clean out clogged drains and pipes. Some are made with hardcore chemicals, while others promise to be a more natural alternative. It is a good idea before purchasing any of these drain cleaners to do a bit of research beforehand. Try and assess what kind of clog you are dealing with (food, hair, toys, garbage) and if a chemical method would be effective in dispelling them. Spend some time online looking for reviews of different drain cleaners, what kind of clogs they worked well on, and any negative results other people had when using them. This way you should have a good idea of what might work best for your situation. In some situations, these are not advised as you may cause damage to your pipes.

DIY Clog Removal

Some drains are made to be taken apart relatively easily in the case of a problem. If you have such a set-up, and have experience in pulling it apart to remove clogs and fix other issues, you can try this method. It may look like a relatively simple process, but if you pull apart the wrong drain or pipe pieces, crack a seal or washer, or even fail to put a big enough bucket (or any bucket) under the drain when you pull it apart, you could cause a much bigger problem than you had in the first place. If you aren't exactly sure where the clog is, you may end up pulling the system apart and still not being able to fix it on your own.

Call In a Professional

Hiring a professional Southeast Wisconsin plumber to deal with a clogged drain can often be the best way to deal with it. A professional will be able to assess the situation, find the clog, figure out what kind of clog it is, and go about removing it in the best fashion. They'll know how to pull apart your drain or your pipes with the least amount of damage, and they'll be able to put the system back together again properly once the clog has been taken care of. They'll also be able to suggest ways to keep clogs from happening in the future, so you won't have to call someone to help you deal with one again for a very long time.

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