If you want to be adventurous and try some DYI, here are a few tips and tricks for the early stages of a blocked drain.
Plunge the drain – Use a quality plunger for your shower, sink and toilet drains to pull up the opposing particles.
Use a flange plunger – Best used on a blocked toilet
Pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain together. Allow the combination to foam for a few minutes and follow up with boiling water.
Whatever your first steps may be please avoid using chemical drain cleaners on your blocked drains. While chemical drain cleaners kill bacteria, they can also be corrosive leading to more expensive repairs. These chemicals are harmful if they come into contact with skin. Always advise your plumber if you have used chemicals for his protection.
These chemical drain cleaners boast that they will “destroy the clog” but they can also “destroy” your health. The chemicals used are highly toxic producing dangerous fumes and if touched can even cause a chemical burn. Furthermore, you can imagine the adverse environmental effects of putting something so toxic down the drain.
Remember the best way to avoid a blocked drain is with preventative maintenance. This is as simple as watching what you put down your drain. Don’t hesitate to call us if you feel the clog is more than you can handle, we are always here to help. Dial (416) 291-9444 to schedule a technician.