Tips To Help You Clear A Floor Drain

29 December 2016
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Floor drains are important when it comes to guiding waste water away from homes. They play a crucial role in preventing air conditioner water leak damage by draining water away from the condensate drain lines. They also make it easier to get rid of waste water from washing machines and other home appliances. This is in addition to helping prevent water damage that is usually caused by roof leaks and other water leaks caused by things such as melting snow.

Given the important role that a floor drain plays in ensuring that your property is safe from water damage, ensuring that it is functioning as effectively as possible is important. The following are tips that will come in handy in helping to ensure that you get rid of sand, laundry lint, soap scum and slimy bacteria that may stand in the way of your floor drain's efficiency.

Gaining access to the drain pipe

Start by removing your drain hole's cover. With the cover off, use a wrench to remove the clean-out plug that is usually located the on the side of the drain basin. This is an important step as it will allow you direct access to the drain pipe -- without having to feed the auger through the trap.

However, there are floor drains that don't have a clean-out plugs. If yours is one of them, the option to bypass the trap won't be available to you. You will therefore need to directly feed the cable through the trap and into the rest of the drain line.

Snaking the cable into the drain

Most power augers have foot-pedal switches. This will free your hands, making it possible to easily guide the auger's cable into the drain line. Guide several feet of the cable into the pipe and when done, start the motor. Let it run in a clockwise rotation until it either encounters resistance or the motor starts making unusual noises -- that suggest that its getting bogged down. When this happens, you will need to stop the motor and then reverse its rotation. Doing this will get it backing out and after it does, resume the clockwise rotation. This clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation will allow the power auger's cable to eat into the clog bit-by-bit right until it breaks it down to flushable pieces.

Flushing the drain

With the material causing the obstruction broken and loosened, flushing the drain is the next step. Flushing is important mainly because is this material is left to stay in the drain, it can quickly bond up again and thus clogging the drain.

To do this, simply pour buckets of hot water down the drain. Using hot water for this process is important as it helps to dissolve any oils and scum, making the flushing process more effective.

Aside from doing this yourself, you can hire professional drain cleaning services for an expert touch.