Any homeowners or for that matter budding landlords – or even motel management pretty quickly learn that they had better learn basic plumbing skills. Most only pay once. It’s just too costly. If it’s easy enough to learn these basic home maintenance repair skills why not pick up the tools you. You will not only save your hard earned cash in the process but gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment as well. Get to it then. On top of that your home or small business repair and maintenance budget will now have some buffer.
First of all you may be called upon to unclog toilets. First things bail the excess water from the toilet or water basin that is not draining. Next use a plunger to clean out the drain. It may take several attempts and vigorous plunging. If this does not clear the drain and gets the drainage going you may have a physical obstruction in the pipe itself. A simple wire coat hanger cut with a pair of pliers and then pulled out an extended straight can be just the plumber or plumbing and heating tool you need to fish out or dislodge the offending culprit which is blocking water flow or drainage. From a simple household item you now have fashioned a most useful plumbing and heating systems drain fishing out tool. If you still cannot clear out the pipe – with gloves or a protective plastic bag wrapped around your hand and arm physically try to remove the obstruction in the pipe or perhaps heating vent. In the case of heating and air conditioning system quick repairs.
One point of professional plumbing and heating trades-people is not to use caustic drain cleaners. These are corrosive and ultimately may damage your plumbing systems and pipes resulting in excessive repairs and even major plumbing contractors repairs.
On top of that if the pipe cleaning solutions do not work, you will be left with a dangerous toxic soup remaining in the toilet basin or sink to contend with. It’s just as easy to clean out the drain to smooth flowing by using a plunger and simple plunging techniques as taking what you might consider the easy way out with caustic soda draino like commercial products say plumbing and heating trades people and journeymen.
Lastly if the toilet basin, the kitchen or bathroom sinks or main drains are still in a plugged state you may have to go to the next level using a plumber’s “auger”. A good tool of the trade to acquire for your plumbing emergency maintenance kit is “closet auger”. True to form its sharp bend will make it easier for you to get started and as well help to protect the bowl’s finish. If you do not have such a device as a closet auger, home repair and maintenance experts advise using a “trap and drain auger”. If you do have difficulty making it actually going into the trap area itself again it’s a case of elbow grease and ingenuity by simply covering your arm with a handy rubber glove or with a plastic bag and physically reaching up and into the enclosed area to grab what ever is causing the main obstruction to flow.
Remember in dealing with water flow obstructions. It may not be one item causing the blockage or blockages. Consider it may be number of smaller items causing the log jam or alternatively one larger piece with a whole host of driftwood behind it complicating the mess.
In the end with these basic tools and procedures – a cup to drain water and fluids out of basins, a plunger, a set of pliers along with a hanger, either one of the two types of augers mentioned, rubber gloves or a couple of standard plastic bags – you should be able to clear and unclog most sinks, toilets and main drains yourself with less muss, fuss and plumbers or plumbing and plumbing / heating contractors costs and service fees.