Clogged Drain Interrupting Your Summer Get-Together? 2 Easy Ways To Clear The Clog

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Now that summer is here you're probably busy planning for your backyard parties. While your guests are in your home, they're going to be using your bathroom. Those extra guests can mean extra headaches and a possible bathroom repair, especially if your summer get-together is interrupted by plumbing problems. Clogged drains are among the most common plumbing emergencies.

If you end up with a clogged sink during your party, you're going to want to clear it up as soon as possible. In most cases, you'll be able to clear the clog with a few simple tools. If you've tried the plunger but the clog is still there, it's probably caused by something that's gotten lodged in the pipe. Here are two other tricks to try.

Clean Out the Drain Pipe

Stubborn clogs are usually located in the drain pipe located under the sink. It's called a U-pipe but it looks more like a P. To clean it out, you'll need to unscrew it from the main pipes. Place a bucket under the pipe to catch the water and debris that might still be in the drain pipes. Carefully loosen the threaded fitting that fits around the pipe. In most cases, you'll be able to loosen it with your hands, but you might need to use a large pipe wrench if the fitting is too tight.

Remove the U-pipe and tap it on the side of the bucket to remove the debris. Replace the pipe and tighten the fitting. Once the pipe is back in place, you'll want to run the water to see if the clog has been removed. If the drain is still clogged, you'll need to use a plumbers snake to reach the clog.

Use a Plumbers Snake

A plumbers snake is a thin metal coil that can be sent through the pipes to clear out stubborn clogs. Push the plumbers snake through the pipe as far as it will go. Slowly remove the snake from the pipe.

Turn your faucet on and allow it to run for about a minute. If the drain flows smoothly, you've cleared the clog. However, if the water backs up into the sink, you'll need to call a plumber. 

If your summer party is interrupted by a clogged drain, you don't have to stop the party. Use these simple steps to get rid of the clog so you can get back to your guests and your gathering.

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