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Nobody Wants A Clog

No one likes a clogged drain – it’s messy, frustrating and can be downright disgusting. Unclogging a drain can seem daunting, but with the right tools and technique, it can be a simple and satisfying task. In this blog, we’ll go over some tips on how to safely and effectively unclog your drain and get your pipes running smoothly once again.


First, assess the situation. Different types of clogs require different solutions. If the sink or tub isn’t draining at all, it’s likely a full or stubborn clog. If the water is slowly draining, then it’s probably a partial blockage. The causes of clogs vary from hair and soap scum buildup to food debris and grease. Once you’ve identified the issue, it’s time to gear up and get to work.


For a partial blockage, try using a plunger. Make sure to cover the drain completely with the plunger and create a strong seal before pushing and pulling vigorously. You might need to repeat this process several times before seeing results. If that doesn’t work or it is a major and complete blockage, try removing the drain cover and using a drain snake. Insert the snake into the drain slowly, and then turn the handle clockwise while pushing it down the drain. Once you feel resistance, twist the snake and pull it out of the drain. This will help to bring up any debris or hair that may have collected around the clog.


We understand that unclogging a drain can feel like an intimidating and unsavory task, but it can be done safely and effectively if you have the right tools and patience. Remember to assess the situation, know when to use a plunger or a drain snake, and always wear gloves and protective eyewear. If all else fails or the clog is too stubborn or dangerous, don’t hesitate to call your #PlumbingPros at Reed’s…. Happy draining!