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Tips For Unclogging Drains

Lets face it, clogged drains are a pain, and we all have to deal with it at some point. A drain blockage may be in the trap under the fixture, in a branch line carrying waste from several fixtures to the main line, or in the main house drain or it’s connection to the sewer. Here are a few helpful tips from Mr. Rooter, on how to handle these problems.

"The plunger technique"

Tip#1 “Using a plunger”: First you must remove the sink strainer or drain plug. Then make sure there is enough water in the basin to cover the plunger cup. Without breaking the seal between the drain and cup, pump up and down in rapid strokes 10 times, then quickly lift the plunger from the drain.

Tip#2 “Using an auger”: With the strainer or drain plug removed, insert a drain-and-tap auger into the drain by cranking the handle clockwise. As the auger goes into the drain, alternately loosen and tighten the thumbscrew on the handle. When you reach the blockage and hook something, move the auger back and forth slowly while cranking, then slowly pull out the auger while continuing to crank in the same direction. Pour hot water and detergent through the trap to take care of any left over grease or oils.