It is never fun to have clogged drains, especially when it comes to our bathroom plumbing. You can have clogged drains in your bathroom at the sink, shower or tub, or toilet. All sorts of things can cause those clogged drains. From roots growing into your pipes outside where you have no control to hair and other debris being forced into drains en masse. If you’re like me, with kids, the occasional toy or ENTIRE roll of toilet paper has been known to cause clogged drains in the bathroom as well.
A lot of people try and purchase over the counter drain cleaners to clear clogged drains, but there only work in certain circumstances. Often, the drain will stay clogged, and you’ve now added dangerous chemicals that you don’t want around your children, pets, friends, family, or self.
This is where a little bit of plumbing know how can go a long way. You don’t have to a master plumber to be able to help correct your own clogged drain issues.
Here at Crystal Lake Plumber, we want to be sure all of our friends, clients, and neighbors get the best possible plumbing help they need when they need it. That doesn’t always mean calling us out to get that drain in your bathroom unclogged. While our main service area is Chicago and northern Illinois including lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Huntley, McHenry, Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Kane County, Northern Cook County, and Kane County, these tips will help you with your bathroom plumbing and clogged drain issues no matter where you are.
First, you can try using a plunger to unclog your bathroom drains. Make sure the drain is completely full of water, so you have water above it and create a seal with the plunger, so no air can escape. Coating the rim of the plunger with a petroleum jelly is recommended in order to allow the seal to break easier. One or two plunges with the plunger isn’t going to be enough. Typically, you will need one or two dozen strokes with a plunger to deal with clogged drains. Don’t use a plunger if you’ve already used the harsh clogged drain chemicals in your drain. This could cause the chemicals to splash out, hitting your skin and surrounding area. Another important note when using such chemicals to work with clogged drains is to make sure you have some good ventilation.
Those chemicals can be harmful to your eyes and lungs. You always want to be sure you’re putting your safety first when working with clogged drains in your bathroom or anywhere else.
Of course, if these chemicals or a plunger don’t work on your clogged drains, it’s going to get a bit more intense. You will need to investigate the plumbing a bit further, maybe using a snake, taking out parts of the drain line, etc. At that point, you may be considering a professional plumber, and that’s what we’re here for. Whenever you need us, we are available to help with all your residential, commercial, or industrial plumbing needs. Contact Crystal Lake Plumber today.