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How 2 unclog a drain

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If it drains, it likely will clog.

This week on News 2 at 4p.m. our How 2 Expert David Stringfellow shows us ways to get rid of those pesky clogs by first using chemicals, and if those don't work he shows us the tools that will.

It's always a good idea to use gloves and goggles to avoid coming in contact with bacteria and chemical drain cleaners.

A clogged toilet is easy to take care of. Using a fluted or funnel plunger should get the job done. As long as it fits tightly inside the bowl drain it will work. All you have to do is plunge up and own several times to quickly break the seal and it should eventually free it.

If the clog remains try using an auger. Put the bent end of the auger into the bowl's trap and push the rod through until it hits the clog. Crank the auger's handle clockwise and push it into the clog a bit more. Once the clog is hooked pull the auger back and forth until the clog is freed.

While tools will work it may be best to try home remedies to unclog the drain. These include white vinegar, bleach, a heating pad around the drain, baking soda, salt and much more. Stringfellow does not advise mixing any of these components to free the clog. Each works on its own to get the job done. For more information on today's segment watch the video attached.

 

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