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Helpful Home Maintenance: Clearing clogged drains

Clogged drains happen, and it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. So when you have a clogged drain be sure to try these tips to getting it cleared and flowing smoothly in no time.

Step 1 - Plunge it

One of the most important things you'll need when renting a home is a plunger. You can buy them at any hardware store, department store, and even the grocery store. They are very inexpensive and can save you from some big headaches. They aren't just for toilets! You can plunge your sink and bathtub drains with them as well. The key to plunging a drain is to produce strong suction. Your goal is to 'suck' the clog free from the drain by plunging it repeatedly. Once cleared any standing water in the tub, sink, or toilet should begin to go down immediately.

Step 2 - Use a drain cleaning product

Sometimes a tough clog will only come free with the help of some chemicals. There are many products available that will dissolve and break down clogs.

Be sure to follow the directions closely though. The most common mistake people make is not giving the chemicals enough time to break down the clog. Some products recommend giving them at least a half an hour to do their work. You may also have success in allowing the chemicals to work and following up with a plunger. Together, these two items may save your day.

We'll be updating this article with more helpful tips over time so be sure to check back.

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