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If your drain is clogged or draining slowly, the first step is usually to try and handle it yourself. There are several methods for home drain cleaning, including liquid chemical solutions, plungers, and augurs. Liquid drain cleaners are caustic alkaline solutions that burn away and dissolve organic materials, such as hair and kitchen grease.

Effective drain cleaners to unclog your drains

Unfortunately, cleaners can eat away at your pipes, so if you’re experiencing frequently clogged pipes, using Draino and similar products can become a problem.


Plungers are fairly self-explanatory and are available in different shapes for unclogging either a toilet or a sink drain.

Plungers and augurs for cleaning pipes and drains

You may want to call a professional for drain cleaning services if:


  • Augurs and drain cleaners aren’t working. If your sink or tub keeps draining slowly, despite repeated use of augurs or drain cleaners, you may need professional drain cleaning. If you can’t get it out with an augur, the obstruction responsible for your clogged pipes may be out of reach.


  • Multiple fixtures are draining slowly and won’t respond to DIY techniques. This might mean that the problem isn’t the drain itself but actually the sewer line. A clogged sewer pipe can cause multiple fixtures in your home to back up and drain slowly.


  • The drain or toilet is overflowing with water. This problem is more common with toilets than with sink or shower drains, but it constitutes a real plumbing emergency. Water damage to your floors, walls, and furniture can be an expensive hassle, so the best response to flooding from your clogged pipes is to call a professional drain cleaning service.


Clogged pipes in your household drains can quickly turn into a serious problem that needs immediate professional attention.


Oscar Sewer & Drain Service is a fully licensed and insured company that can provide you with outstanding services. Oscar Sewer & Drain Service of Haverstraw, NY offers 24-hour emergency services, free estimates, and affordable rates. With us, you'll receive customer satisfaction every time.

Hire a professional drain cleaner

Obviously, they use air to physically push obstructions down the pipes, ideally restoring the water flow. Plunging may not be entirely effective when materials like hair and grease are responsible for clogged pipes since these tend to adhere to the sides of the pipes. Some clogs, such as hair in shower drains, are best addressed with an augur or “plumber’s snake.”


These flexible rods physically trap and remove clogs, so that you can pull them out through the drain opening.

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