How to Unclog a Drain Like a Girl: Fixing Plumbing Problems in Style
Normally when you think of unclogging a sink, drain or bathtub you don't associate with it being a task for a woman. I mean those are manly duties right? Well sometimes you don't always have a man around to help with those kinds of things.
Especially if you're a single gal or single mother, you have to learn to be self sufficient and become the handy(wo)man if the occasion requires.
Finding the Right Product
First you need to identify how serious your clog is, whether it's a do it yourself project or if you need to call a professional.
Water that's slow moving or standing still is easily fixed with an inexpensive liquid clog remover. If the drain is completely clogged or blocked, then you can try a stronger method like a foam, snake duo or small tool.
Something as cheap as a wire hanger will work perfectly, or you can purchase a small tool made just for clearing blocked pipes.
If you have tried all the methods and the drain is still clogged you should contact an expert. They can usually fix the problem quickly and easily.
Use the graph below to determine the severity of your plumbing problem and find the correct solution.
MAX GEL LIQUID
FOAM OR SNAKE DUO
CALL AN EXPERT
slow running drain
slow running drain
clogged or blocked pipe
tried all other methods
After you have found the right method and product for the job, you can take action against that irritating clog. I suggest putting on rubber gloves before handling any kind of clog remover and make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
It's important to protect your skin and lungs from any harsh chemicals. You can even put on a cute apron to enhance the sexy housewives, but still strong and independent woman persona.
But if you don't use gloves or an apron, it's a good idea to wash your hands after using any clog removing products. Just in case any chemical residue is on your skin, you definitely don't want to get it in your eyes or mouth.
Now you are ready to pour the product down the drain, following the instructions carefully of course.
Most products suggest waiting 15 minutes for lighter clogs and up to 30 minutes for more stubborn clogs.
After pouring the liquid or foam down the drain, set a timer for the approximate amount of time you think it will take.
Start off with a shorter time just to be safe and increase it if you need to. You can also repeat the steps if necessary.
Time to kick this plumbing job into gear like a girl by multi-tasking while you wait for the remover to work with some of these activities:
- Do 20-30 minute workout DVD or yoga exercise
- Put in a hair conditioning treatment
- Paint your nails and toenails
- Do a facial with a rejuvenating scrub or mask
- Listen to music and move to the beat
Finishing with style
The last thing you have to do is finish the directions on the bottle, which normally requires flushing the drain with hot water for several minutes. This helps to get rid of any residue or leftover clog. Now, your pipes should be fixed and you can commence using your fixtures without any problems.
You can feel proud of yourself that you fixed your plumbing issue without any help, or if your problem is stubborn, you can call an expert with confidence. Not only did you successfully address your clogged drain, but you treated yourself to some much needed down time during the wait.
Now that's unclogging a drain like a girl, and with style!