Unclogging a drain is a process that normally requires using homemade or commercial drain cleaners, but commercial drain cleaners are known for damaging the pipe itself. Depending on the severity of the blockage, you need vinegar, salt and baking soda to make homemade drain cleaner. For harsher blockages, a plunger or auger is needed.Continue Reading
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and another 1/2 cup of vinegar. The fusion of these chemicals can create fumes, so it's important to be careful. Allow it to settle for 3 hours and then run water through the drain. As an alternative, you can try adding 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of salt to the drain and leaving it in overnight.
Fill the clogged basin with water to cover the head portion of the plunger. Before applying the plunger, you can use petroleum jelly on the suction lips to attain better suction. Exert up and down strokes until the water flushes down. Repeat as many times as necessary.
A drain-and-trap auger is very effective for unclogging drains. Remove the stopper and feed in the snake. Crank the handle and adjust the thumbscrew as necessary. Keep turning the handle of the auger if you meet resistance in the drain. Continue moving the handle while withdrawing the auger.
To unclog a main drain line, protect the floor beneath the main clean-out portal, remove the plug, clean up the spilled contents, auger the pipe, test the main drain, and auger the house trap. The supplies you need are a wrench, a bucket, rags, rubber gloves, and a pipe auger.Full Answer >
Tips for repairing a drain pipe include determining whether a loose fitting or a burst pipe is the source of a leak as well as avoiding any contact with water held in P-traps. Holding a clean paper towel up to each section of the drain pipe and then checking it for moisture is another tip for locating the source of a leak. After making repairs, always test drains to ensure they are no longer leaking before removing the catch bucket.Full Answer >
To replace a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) drain pipe, coat it with primer, coat the inside part on top of the coupler with glue, thread both ends of the drain pipe, and attach joint compounds to prevent leaks. Place the sleeve or coupler inside of the replacement pipe, being careful not to smear the glue. Repeat this process for the other end of the new drain pipe. Coat the ends of the replacement pipe with solvent, and set it in place.Full Answer >
Installing a French drain requires digging a trench along the outside of the footing and laying the pipe in the soil. Cover the pipe and lay filter fabric over the gravel. Back-fill the foundation and level it off.Full Answer >