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There are so many methods to unclog a drain, but it’s not always clear which method is appropriate for your home’s plumbing. As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to start out with the most gentle solutions to avoid damaging your pipes before moving on to more aggressive measures

Here are 10 easy DIY methods to unclog a drain in your home!

1. To Unclog a Sink – Use a Bent Wire Hanger

Hair, skin, dirt, and food particles can easily clog your drains as they bind to the soap scum that accumulates on your drain pipe walls. Over time, this can slow down water flow.

A simple hanger can effectively unclog a blocked sink. Take a regular coat hanger, straighten it out, and create a small hook shape at one end of the wire. Push this end slowly down the plughole and begin to “fish.” Avoid pushing the hanger downwards, as this can move the blockage further down the drain. Instead, use gentle “prodding” and “hooking” motions to help dislodge and remove the gunk that’s clogging your drain.


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Your kitchen drain has been moving pretty slowly lately, but now it’s totally clogged! Because the kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in any home, its plugged-up drain is a huge inconvenience.

When your kitchen drain is clogged, count on Knockout Plumbing & Mechanical to get it back running smoothly. We know all about the nuisances and frustration that come with a clogged kitchen drain. Knockout Plumbing & Mechanical’s drain specialists—and, in fact, all of our employees!—are excellent at their jobs. If you live in or near Seattle, don’t wait to call on us for top-notch customer service and satisfaction!

Vegetables and fruits are good for your health, but some of them are disasters for your sink, especially if it includes a garbage disposal. Stringy fibers from celery, asparagus and pineapple can easily wrap around the blades and bring it to a standstill. Things such as nuts, seeds and corn also aren’t a sink’s friend.

The blades of your garbage disposal may be sharp, but they can’t handle chicken, beef or lamb bones. They may even break...

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Toilets. Everyone needs and uses them, especially while at home. Think of the panic that would ensue if your home’s toilet(s) suddenly became unusable. Oh, the horror! Seriously!

When you have a toilet that’s in need—dire or not—of service, don’t hesitate to call Knockout Plumbing & Mechanical. One of our meticulous and skilled plumbers will do whatever it takes to fix your commode quickly and efficiently. We provide excellent service and pride ourselves on the quality of our work in Seattle and its outlying area.

These are the eight main reasons why toilets get clogged. You can prevent some of them from happening in your home.

  1. You use too much toilet paper. The overabundance leads to clogged and overstuffed plumbing lines.

  2. There’s something trapped in the drain line in a toilet on a floor above yours. A plumber might need to investigate the problem by snaking a camera through the upstairs commode’s drain.

  3. The toilet tank doesn’t have enough water in it to propel the contents through the sewer line....