How to Unclog a Floor Drain
For very minor clogs you can use a few of these at-home remedies:
You can start by getting some of the dirt and gunk out of the P trap using a wet-dry shop vacuum. Start by inserting the vacuum hose into the floor drain. Then suck out anything that may have settled at the bottom of the P trap. You will not be able to get deep into the pipes with your shop vac, but it is often a start.
Sometimes the problem can be dealt with using a plunger. Chances are you have one at home already. Make sure you have a good seal around the opening in the floor drain. After the plunger is secure, depress it like you would a toilet. You can test if it loosened anything by pouring some water down the drain.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
We have said this before in past blog posts, but this is one of our favorite concoctions. Pouring vinegar and baking soda down the floor drain can help dissolve built-up gunk. This will help clean and loosen any gunk clinging to your pipes and potentially causing a clog.
When you need something a little heavier duty for that clog, you should probably call a professional. They will have the proper tools to reach and clear the clog.
Getting Professional Help
Often, the cleanout plug on the side of the drain will have to be removed. This is not an easy task if it has not been touched in a while. Plumbers will also have higher power drain cleaning tools that can clear obstructions from the drain. Some of these tools are rentable from select rental agents, but you should proceed with caution if you are going to be using these tools yourself. Be sure to use the right tool and accessories for your set up, or you run the risk of damaging your plumbing. The machines are also very powerful and, if they are not handled correctly, can hurt someone. If too much tension builds in the cable, the torque builds up and the cable can twist wrapping around an arm and acts like a vice. Proceeding slowly and paying attention are key to using these machines.
At Valley Fire Protection & Plumbing, we can help unclog any drains that need it, including that floor drain Give us a call to set up an appointment today!