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  • 1. Get It Unclogged! By: Justin Beaumont (Not liable for use of information)
  • 2. Figuring out where to start:● Most of us start here --> ○ Plungers are useful, but sometimes theyre just not enough.● Practicing your problem solving skills. Start by isolating the problem. Questions to ask: ● Is only one fixture affected? ● If two or more fixtures are affected, are they only on the second level? Or throughout the entire house?
  • 3. Identify the area● Figuring out where the problem area is, will help you decide what tools to use and whether or not you should go straight to the yellow pages to call a professional.
  • 4. Knowing Drain Lines● You have to be careful with drain lines because they are suprisingly delicate due to all of the various fixtures attached to them.● Sometimes augering or certain chemicals can cause stress on the walls of the drain lines and weaken them.**Always try a plunger first!
  • 5. Chemical Cleaner Risks● The best thing to do when it comes to chemical cleaners is to avoid them!● IF you really feel you must use a chemical cleaner to try and unclog a drain, then make certain that you follow the manufacturers directions exactly.● NOTE: It is absolutely important that you let the plumber know you used a chemical when he comes!
  • 6. Chemical Cleaners Continued● Never, NEVER, ever use a chemical cleaner in standing water OR in an unclogged drain OR in a toilet.● Chemicals should only be used when the drain is working slowly.
  • 7. The Tools:1. Household Plunger2. Closet Auger3. The Hand Snake4. Power Drill Auger Attachment5. Hand Spinner
  • 8. Unclogging Drains/Waste LinesWhat you need to get started: ● Water-pump pliers, hand auger, bucket, rags to clean up with.● Start by removing the drain trap loosen the blockage, then flush the line with water
  • 9. Using the Hand Auger...● Put a bucket under the drain trap to catch waste and water.● Remove the drain trap with water-pump pliers.● Clean out the trap and or inspect the drain trap for cracks or buildup. ○ If there are cracks or buildup you MUST replace the drain trap.
  • 10. Using the Hand Auger Cont...● Set up the auger by loosening the setscrew and pulling out a foot of cable.● Begin by pushing cable through the drain until you hit resistance. ● It can be hard to identify the difference between a bend in the pipe and blockage.● Work slowly, if the resistance is the blockage, then the auger will either snag the end of it and pull it out, or it will push it through.
  • 11. Hand Auger Continued...● After clearing the blockage, tighten the setscrew on the auger and turn the handle in a clockwise direction until the cable moves forward.● Then loosen the setscrew and push the cable further until you meet more resistance.● Continue this process until you are confident the blockage is removed.● Remove the cable and clean the tip.● Replace the drain trap and run the water, IF the blockage is still there call a professional and make certain that you write down all of the steps you took to remove it yourself.
  • 12. Unclogging a SinkWhat you will need:● Start with Plunger, water-pump pliers, sink auger, bucket, clean up rags.● If you can clean out a sink blockage with a plunger, that is the best way to avoid damaging the pipes.● Have someone ready to help you if possible.
  • 13. Unclogging a Sink Continued● Fill both sides of the sink with about 4 in. of water.● Get your helper a rag to hold over the opening of the disposal drain (if you are unclogging a kitchen sink).● Using the plunger, quickly plunge the drain on the other side.● If the drain is still clogged after 12 to 15 plunges, move to the other side of the sink and have the helper plug the side the you first plunged.
  • 14. Stubborn Sinks...● If the blockage wont move, you will have to use an auger as describe in the previous section.
  • 15. Unclogging the BathtubWhat you will need:Screw driver, Auger, Plunger● Begin by plunging the drain vigorously. If the plunger doesnt work switch to an Auger.● Remove the pop-up drain assembly with a screwdriver and clean out visible debris.
  • 16. Uncloggin Bathtub Continued...● Insert Auger into the overflow drain.● Turn the handle clockwise to feed the cable into the drain until you meet resistance.● Patiently remove cable to take take off blockage.● Repeat until the drain works smoothly.● Replace the pop-up drain assembly and overflow cover.
  • 17. Unclogging the ToiletWhat you will need:Plunger, Closet Auger, Bucket, Rags● Dont even think about using a chemical drain cleaner in a toilet.● Place a plunger in the toilet, creating a seal around the drain hole (this creates a vacuum) and plunge vigorously 12 to 15 times.● Try flushing, if it still doesnt drain repeat the plunging.
  • 18. When the plunger doesnt unclog thetoilet... ■ Closet Augers are designed to use in toilets. ■ Turn the crank on the handle in a clockwise direction and push simultaneously. ■ The auger will either catch the cause of blockage or push it through.NOTE: If plunging or using the auger doesnt work, youwill have to remove the toilet and attempt to fish outthe cause of blockage.
  • 19. Side Note● I have done a lot of drain cleaning in my various jobs, and it is not fun or pretty, BUT the average home owner can save a lot of money knowing how to fix some of these issues themselves.● Plumbers are expensive, some will charge over $100 just to come and inspect the problem.