The Best Way to Unclog a Drain: Know Your Options

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What is the best way to unclog a drain? There is no single answer that will be the best answer for everyone in every situation. In fact, there are many different questions that must be answered when it comes to the best way to unclog a drain. For example, which drain is clogged? Is it a toilet, a sink or the main drain exiting the house? What is causing the clog?

If the main drain (or floor drain) exiting your home is clogged, I highly recommend calling a licensed plumber to come out and fix the problem. The floor drain is much larger than the rest of the pipes in your home and access for a snake auger can be difficult. There may be multiple clogs and the clogs may require the use of a power auger. This is perhaps the most important pipe system connected to your home and it should be treated with respect.

Clogged drains in other parts of the home are often less stubborn and easier to clear. However, stay away from liquid chemical drain cleaners, they are inefficient, bad for the environment and hazardous to handle. If you use a chemical drain cleaner that does not clear the clog and a professional plumber is called in, you must inform the plumber that chemical cleaners were used so that he or she can wear the proper safety equipment.

For many common household clogs the best way to unclog a drain is by simply using a plunger. Plungers come in all shapes and sizes and each has its purpose. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the better the suction, the more efficient the plunger will work. Be sure to stop up any overflow drains or connected sinks to make sure that your plunger is working most efficiently.