Drain Cleaning

Get expert plumbing helpGot a slow running or clogged-up drain? We have you covered! At Charles Moon Plumbing, we also deliver dependable drain cleaning as part of our plumbing services. If you do not want to experience the intimidation and complexities associated with the process of cleaning your drain, you can depend on our plumbing professionals at Charles Moon Plumbing to save yourself all that aggravation and worry!

Calling us for all your drain cleaning requirements is a wise choice. You won’t find another plumbing company in Delaware that can match the commitment, quality, and reliability of our team. We specifically offer the following services:

  • winterization
  • toilet installation
  • drain snake
  • burst pipe repair
  • leak detection
  • clogged drain
  • garbage disposals

Furthermore, there is no other plumbing company that has formed a team of dependable professionals as experienced and qualified as the ones you will find at Charles Moon Plumbing.

Clogged Drains

Charles Moon Drain cleaner machineAll forms of objects and materials may obstruct your drain, causing a clog, soap, hair, toothpaste, grease, toilet paper, food debris, even kid’s toys and jewelry. Our plumbers have the capability to handle any form of drain cleaning task. They have the right expertise, technology and latest tools needed to ensure that your drain cleaning process is done tidily, safely and properly. Our arsenal of drain cleaning includes high-velocity water jetting, motorized rooters, cutting tools and augers, specialized snake devices, and more.

We tackle:

  • tub and shower drains
  • sink drains
  • floor drains
  • toilet drains
  • just about any drain that requires cleaning.

5 Easy Ways to Fix a Clogged Drain

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you lose between 50-100 hairs every day. While this amount of hair loss is perfectly healthy for your body, it is not good for your plumbing. Loose hair in the bathroom can quickly cause clogs in your drains. 

Loose hairs can quickly clog your shower drain leading to poor drainage, backed-up water, and more serious plumbing issues. Attempting to fix the clog yourself can cause even more damage to your pipes. Follow the instructions on drain cleaner carefully to avoid harming your plumbing or yourself.

A clogged drain can be more than an inconvenience. It can cause your home to smell, and eventually, some clogs can cause serious damage to your pipes and plumbing. Cleaning your drains regularly is an easy way to prevent a clog from forming. When you have hair clogging your pipes, you can use these DIY Clogged Drain Fixes. 

Clogged drains can really be a pain especially when your bathroom floor starts flooding. Hair can be one of the most common culprits of a clogged drain. You will notice that the water drains slower than usual. Another telltale sign would be the unpleasant odor in your bathroom.

Once you notice these signs, get ready to deal with a clog. It is important that you deal with the clog as soon as possible. The result can be disastrous especially if a pipe gets broken. You could end up with a useless bathroom or worse, thousands of dollars in repairs.

Remove Hair and Debris

The first thing that you need to do is to remove all the debris and hair from around the drain opening. Try removing the strainer and clear it of hair and other clogged particles. If this is not possible, you can use a liquid plumber to melt the clogged particles away. 

For small clogs, this may fix the problem. However, it may not be a permanent fix. If using liquid plumber and clearing hair away from the drain doesn’t solve the problem, try one of the following options. 

Snake the Drain with a Wire Hanger

When gunk and hair clog the pipe, it is easier to push it down than taking it out. However, this can cause complications because the clog can just go further down the pipe and create a buildup of more particles. This can increase the pressure inside the pipe until it bursts. Then, you are left with a very messy bathroom or sink with hefty repair bills.

Instead, try to pull the clog out of the pipe with a wire “snake.” Get a wire hanger or any wire and shape it into a hook. Insert the hook end into the drain. Feed the wire slowly into the pipe until you feel it connect with the clog. Twist the wire around to wrap the hook in the clog. Then pull it slowly out.

This process should clear whatever is clogging the drain. After everything is cleared, run hot water on the drain to ensure that the pipe cleared up nicely as well.

Make a Volcano in Your Sink

That’s right, make a volcano in your sink to eat the clog away without any harsh chemicals. Mix baking soda and vinegar just like you used to as a kid. Making a mini volcano in your sink drain can help remove built up grime in your pipes in as little as one hour.

How? When you mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar, the reaction can help remove buildup in your pipes. Make sure you pour the mixture down the drain quickly before the reaction occurs. Otherwise, pour the baking soda in first, then add the vinegar.

After pouring in the mixture, cover the drain of your sink for at least 1 hour (or overnight) to let the volcano work. Afterward, flush the drain with hot water for a few minutes to clear the pipes.

Boiling Water Fix

If making a volcano in your bathroom doesn’t sound like a good idea to you, consider using plain boiling water instead. Boiling water is the easiest and fastest method for clearing a clog, but it also isn’t always the most effective.

How? Seriously, just boil some water in a kettle, on the stove, or in the microwave. Then slowly pour the water down the clogged drain. Be very careful not to splash any water.

Follow 3-3-3

Pour the water for 3 seconds, then wait for 3 seconds, then pour again. Repeat this process 3 times. Then test to see if it is still clogged. You may need to boil some more water and go another round. If water still drains slowly, use a plunger on the drain then repeat again.

Use Dish Detergent

If the boiling water alone isn’t working, you can add dish detergent. Dish detergent can be very slippery and, it can easily remove grease, which can contribute to adhering gunk in the drain. Pour more boiling water down the drain afterward. Remember to use the 3-3-3 rule! 

Use a wet and dry vacuum to remove the clog

Using a wet and dry vacuum cleaner may or may not be effective in removing the clog, but it is still worth a try. Look for an old plunger head you can attach to it. Create a very tight seal around the drain with the plunger head. Set vacuum to the highest setting to draw the clog out of the drain. 

Prevent Clogs in the First Place

To avoid plumbing problems resulting from hair clogs, invest in a drain cover to prevent hair and other objects from escaping down the drain.

Variety

Drain covers come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors to fit nearly every size drain in every bathroom and kitchen. Some drain covers are adjustable or multi-functioning to be used in bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, and in other drains to protect your plumbing in more places.

Cost

Drain covers can range in cost from a few dollars to upwards of a hundred dollars. A typical shower or sink cover for a residential home cost around $10-$20. Check for reviews by other customers online. You may learn more about the product that way. 

Be sure you know the size of your drain when selecting the right one for you. Residential drains are typically 1-3 inches. Ensure you don’t accidentally purchase an industrial drain cover that won’t fit your residential shower.

Ask for help at the store

Do your research online or ask for help at your neighborhood plumbing supply store like Home Depot, Lowes, or even home supply stores like Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart.

Get Professional Help

Snake a clogged drainObviously, the final option for unclogging a drain easily is to let someone else handle it. Before you start mixing nasty chemicals or taking apart pipes you have no idea how to put back together, call Charles Moon Plumbing for expert drain cleaning services.

From bathroom to kitchen to basement, you may consider all the drain cleaning advantages at Charles Moon Plumbing. We will help you diagnose any drain issues, clear the clog safely and get your office or home back in its normal flow quickly. Solve your drain cleaning issues with Charles Moon Plumbing in no time! Contact us online for help with your clogged drain. 

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