Like most people, your idea of a pleasant shower probably doesn’t involve water pooling at your feet. A slow-draining pipe is gross, but it also means that there’s a problem with your plumbing system. In the shower, hair and soap residue can get stuck in the drain. Over time, both accumulate in the pipes and cause the water to drain much more slowly. Depending on the size and location of the clog, you may be able to fix the problem on your own before contacting a Henderson plumber. Here are some tips to attempt clearing a drain clog before calling in the pros.
Clean the Strainers and Stoppers
Most drains are equipped with a cover that lets water pass through while keeping larger objects from going down the drain. The only problem with this system is that it can trap hair and other debris, which eventually stops water from flowing through. An easy first step in clearing a clog, therefore, is to clean the filters and stoppers. After clearing the covers, test the water flow for proper function. If the water drains normally, you’ve fixed the problem.
Use a Drain Claw
If the problem persists, you will need to try another solution. Start with a drain claw, which is a tool that you can easily purchase from a local hardware store. The drain claw is covered with small hooks that can pull out debris from the pipes. After removing the stopper or strainer, insert the drain claw into the drain. It will remove debris when you pull it back up.
Make a Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution
If using a drain claw doesn’t fix the problem, using a combination of baking soda and vinegar might do the trick. You can also try boiling a kettle of hot water first and pouring it down the drain. If that doesn’t help, create a mixture of half baking soda and half vinegar. Pour it down the drain, then wait about 15-20 minutes before adding boiling water.
Use a Plunger
You may need to try the baking soda and vinegar solution several times. If that doesn’t work, the drain may have a large or solid blockage. If this is the case, the next thing you can try is using a bathroom plunger to remove the clog. You’ll know it’s working if you start removing hair and debris.
Try Chemical Products
Finally, you can also use chemical products to clear a clogged drain in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that this should be a last resort, as chemicals can be harsh on your drains and bad for the environment.
Depending on the nature of your drain clog, you may be able to resolve the solution on your own. But if you can’t, don’t hesitate to contact Service Plus Plumbing, a top Henderson plumber, for assistance. Give us a call or visit us online to schedule an appointment.