Fixing That Clogged Drain

A clogged drain or toilet is not a fun experience, and can quite literally be a mess. There are a few different things that you can do that will get rid of a clog, but you should follow a specific order. A clogged drain or toilet can occur from any number of things, and the best way to get rid of a clog is to never actually have a clog in the first place. So, remember not to flush or drain anything that could get stuck in your drain lie hair, wrappers, cigarette butts or condoms. The best place for these items is the garbage. However, if you find yourself with a clog, here are three steps to take to get rid of the clog.

Liquid Drain Cleaner

If you are connected to a septic tank, move on to the next step as liquid drain cleaners can be hard on septic systems. The liquid drain cleaners have a PH that is well above the neutral 7 and are very effective in blasting through common drain problems. They will eat through most mineral buildups, and get rid of many other problems. Just be sure that you follow the directions on the bottle and use eye protection.

Pipe Snake

If you find that the liquid drain cleaner did not quite get rid of your clog then it is time to use a pipe snake. This is where a cable is pushed down through the drain to try and physically dislodge the clog from position. This method is very effective when the clog is caused from materials that will not erode from the liquid drain cleaner, or where a simple push could dislodge the problem. 


If you have tried a pipe snake and the clog is still persisting, then it is time to call a plumber to fix the problem. If you could not get the clog out with a pipe snake then you could be dealing with something other than a clog. It is possible for pipes to get kinked or even to collapse altogether. The plumber will fix a camera on the end of a pipe snake and find exactly what is causing the problem. If the pipe is indeed clogged they will often use a pipe auger to pound the clog out of the drain. If the pipe is in fact kinked or collapsed, then the plumber will isolate the problem and fix it. One example of a plumbing service would be