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Best Ways to Unclog a Drain

Several Things You Can Do on Your Own before Calling for a Professional Plumbing Company

The draining system is one of the most important parts of your plumbing. There are many things that can go wrong with it; however, the most common one is clogging. Drains clog for various reasons, including poor maintenance and improper use. However, with a bit of effort and some elbow grease, you can remove most clogs from your system. Obviously, if the pipes have damage, then you may want to call a professional plumbing company before it’s too late.

Signs of potential clogs

The quicker you act, the easier it will be to fix the problem. But, in order to prevent a rather nasty waste water backup, you need to be able to identify the signs of a problematic drainage system before it causes any real damage. Obviously, the most common sign is slow drainage. If your sink or bathtub does not drain as fast as it used to, then you may want to have your drains inspected.

Avoid drain cleaning products

Drain cleaning products may be effective at removing clogs, but they are also highly efficient at weakening your pipes. Most cleaning solutions contain powerful chemicals that can hurt both the user and the pipes. These chemicals produce toxic fumes that may cause burns or respiratory problems. Additionally, when used repeatedly, you risk permanently damaging the drain system.


The safest way to unclog a drain is to plunge it. Make sure that you use the right tool for the job though. Believe it or not, there are actually 3 types of plungers, each of them designed for a specific job. If you want to plunge your toilet, then you need to purchases a special plunger that has a long, narrow neck. For sinks, a cup plunger should be used.  This is the one that comes to mind most often when someone say plunger.  The last is an accordion style for toilets, which will produce a lot of force but can be difficult to use.


If the clog is tough, then you may have to call a professional plumbing company for a snaking service. This involves the use of a special plumbing snake that can remove most clogs. Worst case, if you have multiple fixtures that are not draining you may have a sewer line clog.  With special tools even these can be cleared, and Bolton Construction & Service of WNC, Inc. can help! We have certified, professionally trained plumbers ready to help you out! Call us at 828-253-3621.