There are a few things you can try to do yourself if you get a drain clog. Unfortunately, many of them won’t work and you could end up causing more harm than good.

First things first, never use Draino. It ends up clogging it up more and causing problems.

If you have one of those handy-dandy little hand snakes from Lowes or Home Depot, you can try that. I’ve seen people use coat hangers before (myself included), but that’s a no-no.

Most pipes under the sink are hand-tightened, so you can loosen them to see if something is caught. It’s a little nasty, so make sure to have a bucket ready to catch whatever is clogging the drain. If you take it all apart and it continues to be stopped up, it’s probably time to call a plumber.

The bathtub drain is a little more difficult. We have a product that we can pour into breakdown the grease and hair that typically clogs the drain. If you can take the strainer out, you might be able to see what’s causing the clog. But if it’s beyond that point, you’ll definitely need a plumber.

Be careful when you start dealing with drains yourselves. You can actually end up causing more stress and problems than if you had just called a professional in the first place.

You can call the On Time Experts at 469-336-3435 for even the most minor plumbing issues. We have plumbers standing by day and night, on holidays and on weekends, to make sure your drains work for you when you need them.

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