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How To Unclog a Commercial Drain

Post By Amanda LaForest

If there is one thing that all commercials businesses have in common, it’s that they rely on properly functioning drains each and every day. Whether you’re a hair salon, restaurant, or a traditional office, plumbing plays an important part in keeping things running smoothly for your employees and customers. Unfortunately, this also means that you are certain to deal with clogs from time to time. Calling a plumber can be expensive, and it can take hours for them to actually arrive. Read on to learn some ways that you can address clogs yourself to keep your business from having to close for the day due to plumbing issues.

Run Hot Water

This might seem like too simple of a solution to actually do any good, but in fact, some small clogs can be flushed with just hot water. Simply remove any drain traps you may have in place, and run very hot water down your drain. The hot water helps to break up grease, food, and hair that is in your drain. This can also work as a way to help prevent clogs; simply run very hot water down your drains for a few minutes once a week. If you see no change after 10 to 15 minutes, the clog is too large to be flushed and must be addressed in another way.

Use a Plunger

While many people know how to use a plunger to unclog a toilet, many don’t realize that the same tactic can be applied to sink clogs as well. Some hardware stores even carry plungers that are specially designed to address sink clogs, though a standard toilet plunger will work as well. First, fill the clogged sink about halfway with hot water. Then, position the plunger over the drain, ensuring you get a good seal all the way around, and plunge in an up-and-down motion. While it can take a few minutes of steady plunging, this tactic will clear all but the most stubborn clogs.

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    Use a Drain Snake

    For those who are handy and not afraid to take on a little challenge, having a drain snake on hand is a great idea for businesses that frequently experience clogs, such as restaurants and hair salons. The use is fairly simple: carefully insert the hooked end of the snake into the drain, and slowly slide it down the pipes until you hit the clog. Once the hook is in the clog, shake and pull the snake gently to bring the clog to the drain opening for removal. Last, flush the drain for a few minutes with very hot water to clear away any remaining bits from the clog.

    Try a Clog Remover

    When all else fails, use a liquid clog remover to clear your drain. While many commercial drain cleaners run the risk of causing damage to your drain or plumbing, our DISSOLVE Liquid Hair & Grease Clog Remover is a safe and effective option to help keep your drains clean and clear. DISSOLVE is effective in addressing hair, grease, oil, fat, paper, soap scum, and sludge, and works by sinking through standing water and sticking to clogs until the material has dissolved. It can even be used in toilets to deal with clogs that are resistant to plunging.

    The next time you have a clog, don’t call a plumber just yet. Give our DISSOLVE Liquid Hair & Grease Remover a try, and save yourself from having to wait for a plumber to have your drains running as they should!

     

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