Stopped up drains are the most common problems that homeowners call on plumbers for. If you are able to clear a stopped up drain on your own, the cost of a plumber and the supplies required will be left in your pocket for other uses. Most times, a stopped up drain is due to over use of paper products, septic tanks being too full or air traps being clogged outside the home.
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Step 1: Use the plunger to get rid of clogs in drains located in any area of the home. To do this, fill the sink with about 2 inches of water and then begin plunging by placing the plunger over the drain. Push and then pull the plunger away from the drain vigorously. Pull the plunger off the drain to see if this removed your clog. If this does not work, go on to step 2.
Step 2: Use the snake, closet auger or power auger to work under the sink. Remove the sink trap using the pipe wrench to unthread the coupling on the PVC pipe. Empty water into the bucket for removal later. Look into the trap to see if there is a clog directly located nearby that can be pulled out.
Step 3: Remove the horizontal trap arm that comes out of the wall. Place the cable of the auger into the pipe and work the auger according to the type you have. If yours is electric, press the button to begin feeding and turning the bit to remove the clog. Feed the cable from the auger continuously, until the clog is found or you run out of cable. If you run out of cable before you find a clog, it is best to start over at the next drain.
Step 4: Retrieve the cable gently, as this will have the clog attached. Remove the clog from the bit of the auger and dispose of properly. Replace the trap arm and the trap under the sink and turn on the hot water above. If the sink drains correctly, you have gotten the entire clog. If the sink does not drain right, fill the sink partially with hot water and then use the plunger to remove the loose blockage that remains. This should remove any clog in the house, given that your cable is long enough to reach the clog.