Clogged Sinks or Toilets

Tips for clearing a drain and keeping your toilet flushing easily

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Having a clogged sink or toilet can be frustating and messy. If you require help to fix all types of blocked drains in the Ottawa area call us at 613-315-7928.

Some smaller blocked drains or drain clogs are fairly straight forward and easy to fix for the do-it-yourselfer. We have provided a recipie you can try at home that could help remedy the clog without having to call a plumber

While your sink is dry, pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain and wait a few minutes. Add another cup of baking soda and then immediately go over it with one cup of plain white vinegar. Plug up[ the drain with a good drain plug. Let the chemical reaction do its thing, and once the bubbling stops/disappears, add another 2 cups of boiling water.

If you continue to have issues, you should not hesitate to contact us at Plumbing 4 Less.

It’s very easy to unintentionally block a drain. Some people run oil or grease down the drain without much thought. Any type of oil or grease hardens when it cools and can quickly clog a drain. Starch and foods that take a long time to decompose are difficult for pipes to handle and can easily cause a drain clog. It’s best to have a good drain plug and dispose the most you can into your compost. Anything that does end up down the drain should be chased by cold water to help push it into the sewer.

Blocked and Backed Up Toilets

Be careful what you flush down your toilet. Public bathrooms often have signs indicating that toilets are for solid waste and toilet paper only. Do not flush feminine products, baby wipes (yes, even the ones that said are flushable!), dental floss, and more. Please use the trash can!

There are a number of online tutorials for the avid handyman to properly tackle blocked drains and pipes, but they can be intimidating and time consuming to some and disastrous if done wrong. At Plumbing 4 Less, we understand many people like to try to attempt things themselves which is why we offer suggestions and best practices. Our advice though is that if you do not feel comfortable in doing it yourself or have any doubt please call a professional.