HOW TO UNCLOG A DRAIN
WARNING: Should you wish to perform your own
plumbing maintenance using the information we provide on this
website, please be advised that Old School Plumbing cannot be
held responsible for any work not performed by our own
licensed master plumber. Failure to contract any plumbing
work to a licensed master plumber could result in serious bodily
injury or death.
First try the liquid drain products that are compatible with your home
plumbing system. Some drain cleaners can not be used with PVC pipe, so read the
label carefully. Never unscrew a trap with chemicals present and never mix
different types of chemicals. Many are not compatible with each other.
Traps: If you have lost a valuable item such as a contact
lens or ring, removing the trap, known as a "P" OR "S" trap, will be a perfect
way to retrieve the lost item.
Step 1. Place a basin or bucket to catch water from the
trap. If chemicals are present use a chemical resistant bucket and wear chemical
resistant gloves. Also shield eyes.
Step 2. Loosen the two end nuts of the couplings. Some can
be loosened by hand, but a pipe wrench may be needed. The trap will come free
and you can get the lost item, or remove the plug.
Step 3. Check the washers for any damage when putting the
trap back on. Replacing the damaged washers now may save you a leak later on.