When you use your home's sewer and waste pipes on a daily basis to wash dishes, use your kitchen disposal, use and flush the toilet, and other household tasks, the chances to get a plumbing clog increase. Here are some tips to help you prevent and clear out plumbing clogs in your home you may encounter.
Practicing prevention is the best way to keep your home's waste pipes flowing smoothly. If you have a kitchen disposal, make sure you only put the right materials into the sink and don't overwhelm your disposal. Your disposal cannot handle the same amount of waste as a trash compactor can. Putting too much into your disposal can cause a clog, especially if the waste consists of fibrous vegetables, potato peelings, and other tough foods. A good rule of thumb for proper use of your disposal is to scrape your plates into the trash as much as possible, then only rinse the plates into your sink disposal.
When you use your toilet and there is a need for extra toilet paper, flush the toilet several times during its use so you don't overwhelm the toilet drain pipe by flushing too much waste at one time. Then, if you have young toddlers who may flush items into the toilet, install a lock on the toilet to prevent their accessing it. In the bathtub or shower, place a hair trap over the drain to catch hair and other debris to prevent it from getting into and clogging the pipe.
Plunger the Sink
If a sink drain in your home becomes clogged from a blockage of food particles, or other items, you can use a plunger to free the clog. A toilet plunger without a flange is best for clearing drains. Repeatedly press it straight down onto the drain forcefully until the clog is free. If the waste pipe containing the clog is connected to a double sink, you will need to have someone else hold down a sink plug on one side while you use the plunger on the other side.
Snake Your Line
When your clogged pipe is further into the sewer line, a plunger or drain cleaner will usually not remove the clog. You can clear the clog by accessing your home's plumbing clean-out drain and using a plumbing auger snake. Most home plumbing augers you can attach onto the end of your electric drill, which powers to rotate the auger. Push the end of the auger down the clean-out pipe until it reaches the clog. Turn on the drill and push it in and out of the line until the clog is dislodged.
When all else fails and you cannot clear a sewer line clog, call your professional plumber for help to clear it.