What’s the most common plumbing issue? Clogged drains. No matter how new your house is, or how well-preserved your pipe and drain systems are, clogs are one of life’s little inevitable disasters.
As disasters go they aren’t too awful, although having scummy water backing up your sinks and bathtub can feel pretty bad at the time. So here’s a little run-down on what to do, what not to do, and when to call in plumbers (υδραυλικοί Αθήνα).
Whether you’ve got a clogged sink, tub, or toilet, the first thing you should reach for is the all purpose plunger. It’s a pretty common misconception that plungers are only used on toilets. Actually, the plunger is the go-to tool any professional plumbing service technician will try first on any blocked drainage area, and it should be the first thing you try at home, too.
Most people pretty much understand how to use a plunger on their toilet- insert into bowl, press over drainage hole and pump vigorously. Using a plunger on a sink or tub drain is similar, except if there is no water built up in the basin you’ll have to add some before you plunge.
If plunging didn’t work, try a drain cleaning solution. Only try this on sinks and tubs because it won’t work on your toilet. That’s the first never do.
The second is that you should never use store bought chemical drain cleaners. These are highly toxic and if they don’t work, will sit in your pipes corrosively. They can also potentially harm any professional you call in later. Instead, use these home-made solutions.
For bathroom drains
Combine 1/2 cup each of baking soda and vinegar. Pour the solution into the drain, wait a few minutes, then follow it with one quart of boiling water.
For kitchen drains
Combine 1/4 cup dish detergent with two to three gallons of boiling water. Try plunging again after using either solution. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals.
A handyman can get you back on track in no time.