How To Unclog The Toughest Drain Plug-Ups


There are many reasons why a sink can clog, and many simple ways for a person to unclog common clogging problems. For example, hair buildup in the tub or shower can cause a drain to clog, as can soap scum, food particles and grease. These clogs often build up over time, causing the drain to become slower and slower. Common household cleaners work well on clogs, such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and borax. This is an environmentally friendly way to try to clear a clog first. If these items are not successful, there are many different options for drain cleaners at the local hardware store. What happens, however, when the clog is sudden and firm? There could always be something a bit tougher clogging up the drain.

Household Items

When a drain suddenly stops working completely, or causes a backflow, there is often something more solid that is stuck in the drain. Families with young children may find that their youngster has recently flushed a toothbrush or washcloth down the toilet, creating a clog. In this situation, try a plunger first. If a plunger is not effective, a closet auger may be the best option to retrieve the offending item. A toilet auger will often reach items that are up to three feet submerged, so it is best to try this item before calling a professional.

Candle Wax

Candle wax is one of the nastiest items to get unclogged from a drain. The reason why is because when a candle is burning, it liquefies as time passes. If this liquid gets poured into a drain, it will settle at the base of the pipe elbow, and then slowly solidify as it cools in temperature. Many people are mystified at the sudden complete lack of drainage in the pipe, since the wax will completely fill in the space. Candle wax is tough to get out of a drain, since it either needs to be liquefied again to get it to move. If there is candle wax stuck in the pipe, remove the elbow first. If the entire lot of wax is in this area, it can be scraped out. Otherwise, a special type of drain cleaner, Liquid Heat, can turn the wax liquid again, allowing you to flush out the system.


There have been instances where a snake, mouse, rat or even household pet, like a hamster, has crawled into a drain and slowly suffocated. In most cases, snakes that run through sewer lines will freely move about, but if a rodent does die in the pipes, it can cause a severe clog as well as a fierce stench. If the rodent is certain to be dead, the homeowner can try to use a plumbing to snake to remove it. It may create problems, however, if the flesh has started to denigrate. The pipes can be taken apart in most cases in order to effectively remove the rodent. This may also be the best time to call a professional (like Doctor Fix-It).


20 October 2015

Replacing an Older Plumbing System

I absolutely love the beauty, charm, and character of an older home. When my husband retires from his job, I would like to purchase an older house in the mountains and transform it into a quaint inn. While older homes are beautiful, they do sometimes contain hidden issues. One of these problems is faulty plumbing. Rusty pipes and poor water pressure are common in an older abode. If you just purchased a charming older place, consider immediately replacing the plumbing system in the home. In doing so, you might be able to save yourself from major issues in the future. On this blog, you will discover the many benefits of replacing an older plumbing system.