Experiencing a slow drain is a very common problem all over the world. When you have a slow drain, water will drain either very slowly or totally fail to drain. There are several ways to find out why your drain is blocked and as many ways to fix the drain. Read on to look at some ways to check your drain to determine how you will be unblocking it.
Manually Remove Obstacles
One way to check and determine the cause of a slow drain through trial and error is to manually remove any obstacles. To do that, you will first have to remove the drain stopper. When you do that, you can get easy access for removal of any large(er) obstacles that may be causing the slow drain. Objects like small bars of soap, bathtub toys, shampoo bottle caps and other items can fall down drains and block them partially or totally. Doing a manual inspection and removal of large obstacles then is one way of checking and fixing your drain. If removing the obstacles here does not fix the slow drain, you need to do more checks.
Use a Toilet Plunger
After checking for solid obstacles, you can use a toilet plunger to check for any small soli/semi-solid particles that may be causing the slow drain. If you have experience in using a toilet plunger, you can also use it for trying to clear a slow drain in a bathtub. The technique is the same. If using the toilet plunger clears the slow drain on checking it after plunging, your check and fix was successful. If not, you may need to think more.
Homemade Solutions or Chemical Products
When toilet plungers fail, you should realize that your slow drain may be due to some other cause. Many people use homemade solutions to try to clear a slow drain. Baking soda combined with vinegar has been proven over the years as a successful solution in clearing drains and even on stubborn clogs. The trick is to first pour a baking soda and vinegar solution down the drain and let it sit for a while. Then adding boiling water should solve your slow drain issues. This could mean that the clog in the drain was due to grease deposits or other particle deposit from water, over time.
You can also use commercially available chemical products to try to clear the slow drain. They have simple pouring instructions and can help clear most stubborn clogs. Be very careful while handling chemical products, however, as they can be extremely harmful to human skin and eyes.
If by using all these techniques you still fail to find out the cause of your slow drain, you might have to call in a professional for help. A professional will be able to assess the draining system more closely using sophisticated tools and equipment.