drain clog plumbing services


As a premier plumbing service here in Oahu, a lot of our customers call us for many types of plumbing emergencies. Customers call us if they have a clogged drain problem but the truth of the matter is that you may not always need a pro to solve this kind of issue. Check out the following suggestions first:

1. First, you need to check if there’s really a clog in the drain in the first place. Remove the gunk and hair that have collected near the drain surface and see if it fixes the problem.

2. If the clog is still there, then the ever-handy plunger is a good option to try next. Just make sure you know how to use a plunger properly.

3. You can also try to use a low tech device called a drain snake. It’s basically a long flexible piece of metal you snake down the drain, and at its end there’s a metal spiral that can pull out various clogs and gunk.

Even an old wire hanger may do. Just straighten the wire out, and in one end you can fashion a small hook. On the other end, make a small handle. Then push it past the drain cover and see if you can fish anything out.

4. Then pour boiling water into the drain. Just pour slowly, and give it a few seconds in between pouring. Sometimes it’s actually this simple, but you need to make sure that your pipe isn’t made of plastic which can be damaged by the boiling water. If your pipe is made of plastic, just use hot water instead of boiling water.

5. If boiling water doesn’t work, don’t use chemical solutions which could do more harm than good. Instead, use a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Mix about a third of a cup for each, and then pour it down the drain right away while it’s fizzling right after you mix them. Another method is to pour the dry baking soda down the drain first, and then the vinegar can follow. Then you can let it sit for an hour (or even overnight) and you can follow it up with hot water.

6. You can also try a mix of table salt and baking soda (a half cup for each). Just pour a mix and wait for about 15 minutes. Then pour boiling water afterwards.

7. If you’re planning to buy a vacuum cleaner, you can get the wet/dry type instead. This can be very useful for clogged drains. Just set it for liquids, and then keep it from making a mess by covering the vent. Then as best as you can, make a tight seal over the drain. Some vacuum cleaners may even have custom attachments specifically for this purpose.

Try out these simple fixes first, if they don’t work for you, feel free to call us at Alpha Omega Plumbing at anytime. We’ll come to your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!