Waking up to a blocked toilet, sink, bathtub or shower can be a nightmare. Clogged drains are the most common plumbing issues faced by different properties like homes, schools, hotels, offices & hospitals. If your toilet, sink, or bathtub is having any of the following signs, you’re likely to have a clog or blockage. If water is slow to drain from your sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower, bad odor coming from drains, water coming out from beneath your toilet, splashes of water on the floor near the sink, toilet, shower, or bathtub.
Below is a list of common causes of clogged sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and shower
Hair. Hair clogs are most common in bathroom sinks, bathtubs or shower drains. This could be human hair or animal fur.
Food waste or particles. These particles collect over time and form a clog or blockage.
Soap. Soap can accumulate over time in the sink, shower causing a slow drain.
Small objects. This includes jewelry, toys, condoms, eggshells, etc. These particles get stuck in the drain and end up causing clogs or blockages.
Fats, grease, or oils. This includes butter, cream, vegetable oil, & chocolate. These substances build up and cause blockages, especially in the kitchen sinks.
Wipes & diapers. These are too heavy to be flushed down the toilet and can easily cause a blockage.
The toilet trap is blocked. It’s designed to hold standing water & keep sewer gases from entering your home, if blocked it makes a toilet clog.
If you notice any toilet, sink, bathtub, or shower blockage signs, here are the home remedies you can use to get rid of the blockage before contacting a professional plumber;
Baking soda & Vinegar. Mix baking soda with vinegar and pour into the blocked drain, let it sit for about an hour, and then flush it out with hot water.
Salt & baking soda. Combine baking soda & salt and pour it into the drain, wait for like 30 minutes, and then pour boiling water down the drain.
Wire hanger. Make the hanger straight, wear gloves and gently push it down the drain
Salt & boiling water. First, pour a cup of table salt into the drain, let it sit for a few minutes then pour boiling water.
Lemon juice & baking soda. Mix lemon juice with baking soda and pour it into the sink drain and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Garbage disposal.Dump food waste, wipes, diapers, toys, hair, oils, condoms, eggshell in garbage bins
If you have tried the above remedies and blockage persists, consider contacting a professional plumber for help.