The Best Ways to Unclog a Drain

Woman unclogging the drain

There are various factors that indicate a problematic drain. These include the following: draining at a plodding pace, the presence of stagnant water in the shower, sink, and bathtub. In the worst cases, water could back up and fill up the entire floor of your house.

There are plenty of ways through which you can unclog a drain. However, not all methods are safe and effective for your pipes.  Here are the best drain blockage solutions for your pipes.


Sometimes a blockage might occur in the sewer or water mains, or any other large pipe due to tree roots. In such a case, contact a professional plumbing and rooter service to help you in clearing the blockage. The rooter can also be used if your plumbing system is made up of delicate materials such as plastic or old pipes.


If you have a small blockage in your drains, sink, or toilet, a plunger is an effective chemical-free way you can clear your drains. Plungers are available in a variety of sizes and should match your drains and pipes as well. They work by accumulating pressure which gently pushes the blockage through the drain.

Drain Snaking

Also known as a plumbing auger, this tool measure at least ¼ inches in thickness and is also significantly long and flexible. A plumber inserts the snake into the drain and keeps gently pushing it using the hand crank until they reach the blockage. The plumber should push further past the blockage to break the clog and flush it into the drain. The drain snaking method is preferred as it is chemical-free and is also extremely quick and easy.

If you suspect a blockage and do not know how to get rid of it safely, then call in a plumber. You should also consider whether tree roots or damaged pipes give the same signs as blocked drains.  It’s best to always get a professional opinion before trying any DIY methods.