4 Essential Tools You Need to Tackle Any Clog

Are you experiencing clogged drains lately? Do you struggle with the lack of tools at home? You’ve come to the right place

Since drain clogs are a common plumbing problem, dealing with them can become expensive if you call a plumber to clear every stoppage. Fortunately, drain plungers are inexpensive and easy to use and are highly effective and clear many drain clogs. We have rounded up four of them with so many tools out there to help you with your clogging problems

Should you use a tool or chemical cleaner?

Contrary to popular opinion, chemical cleaners may cause more harm than good. If you can, always opt for drain tools rather than chemical cleaners. Most chemical products that you use for de-clogging drains contain acidic properties which can corrode your pipes in the process. When pipes corrode, flecks of the piping material will begin to scrape away from the inner walls down the pipes. These specks may result in a clog.

Rusty and corroded water pipes causing clogs. MidCity Plumbers

In addition, corroded pipes also leak far more quickly because the pipe walls aren’t thick enough to pass high levels of water pressure. If you find rusty pipes, chances are you are using chemical cleaners without any idea of the consequence. So, you’ll be spending more on pipe replacement which is far more expensive than any de-clogging. For a much practical de-clogging, you can resort to any of these classic and essential tools to beat clogs

Toilet plunger

A toilet plunger has a cup-like plunger you use for the sink drain, but it has a signature soft rubber flap that looks like a cup. The fold-out flap fits the toilet drain opening for any suction to clear any clog down the toilet. With the versatility of the flap folded inside the cup, this plunger is also an essential tool for de-clogging sink or tub drain. A toilet plunger is perhaps the most common all-around residential use because the fold-out flap provides an easy fit into almost any drain opening. 

Plumber with a toilet plunger unclogging a toilet. MidCity Plumbers.

Sink plunger 

Another common tool, the sink plunger, has a straight handle (usually wooden) with a simple rubber cup at the end. You can use sink plungers on flat surfaces where the cup creates the vacuum necessary to dislodge any clog or debris.

Person in protective orange gloves unblocking a clogged sink with a sink plunger. MidCity Plumbers.

Drain plunger

A standard drain plunger is a plumbing hand tool that dislodges drain clogs and debris by using a hydraulic pressure created when you seal the rubber cup against an opening of the drain. This cup-style plunger will work on all drainage systems, including shower drains. 

Plumber unclogging toilet with professional drain plunger. MidCity Plumbers.

Hair snake

A plumber’s snake or drain snake is slender, much like a flexible auger you use to eliminate clogs. You can reserve a plumber’s snake for stubborn clogs that you cannot loosen with any plunger tool. 

Person trying to unclog the drain of a sink using snake drain or auger tool which helps pull hair and soap debris from the sinkhole. MidCity Plumbers

If you are still unsure how to get rid of clogs, consult a professional plumbing expert to help you out. This way, you can avoid unnecessary damage costs. 

How to prevent clogs from happening? 

No one wants to experience clogs ever again! So, make sure that your approach is preventive and effective. First, don’t flush your food down the sink. Food debris usually is the reason why sink drains are clogged. It’s a great idea to use a drain screen. The screen placed will block any non-liquid materials from passing through and getting clogged there. Ensure that you observe proper garbage disposal when working on any part of the house with drains or an exposed plumbing system.

Overflowing kitchen sink with food particles causing a clogged drain. MidCity Plumbers

When to call a professional

If the clogged drain issue you have is beyond your control, it’s the most reasonable time to call a professional plumber. Given that MidCity Plumbers only has certified expert plumbers, you can feel reassured when choosing us to handle your clogged drains. When plumbing issues are tough to operate,  we cover all your plumbing needs, from leaks and clogs to water heaters. Our reliable team will deliver every service with excellence, never leaving an issue unsolved. We cover clogging issues in Burnaby and the surrounding areas. Just give us a call on 📞 (778)-772-8676 today, and we are more than happy to provide you with a complete unclogging service from the assessment stage to the final step.

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