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18587843_s-1No one likes having to handle a household plunger, but when the drain is clogged, you need to know how to wield one. Most households have cup plungers, which you can on top of a sink or bathtub drain and start plunging away. For the best results, says the most referred Indianapolis plumber, put a strip of duct tape on top of the overflow drain at the top of the sink or bathtub. Doing this will force the air or water down the drain and into the clog, without it escaping through the overflow drain instead.

To clear a slow drain that you suspect is clogged with gunk (recognize that this method might not work as well if your problem is a hair-clogged drain), here’s what you should do:

Plumber Pro Tip of the Week:

Tip #1 Set a full tea kettle on the stove to boil.

Tip #2 Dry your sink out with a rag.

Tip #3 Now, measure a 1/2 cup baking soda and dump it down your drain. In most sinks, the sink stopper will be in the way. We used a Q-tip to push the majority of the baking soda down the drain. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all down, the next step will do the rest of the work for you.

Tip #4 After the baking soda, measure a 1/2 cup white vinegar and dump that down the drain. Admire the fizzing for a minute or two.

Tip #5 Now, the full tea kettle should be boiling. Carefully pour the whole kettle full of boiling water down the drain.

Tip #6 Turn your faucet on and see if your sink is now draining at a normal speed. That should be all there is to it.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: For small clogs and light household duty, you can pick up a small drain snake or long pipe cleaner from your local Indianapolis plumbing supply or home improvement store to see if you can break through or pull out whatever it is that’s clogging your drain. This is especially useful if you think the drain is clogged with hair.


14658327_sBathroom drains get gunky with all of the hair and grooming products that slide down the pipes. To prevent clogs, and prevent the need to go through the acrobatics of working under the sink to remove the pop-up stopper, keep the stopper closed when grooming and once a month pour boiling water down the drain to keep them flowing.

The handle of the lift rod sits on top of the sink between the faucets and (usually) behind the spout. When the handle is raised, the pop-up drain closes; when the handle is pushed down, the drain opens. Underneath the sink, the lift rod attaches to a perforated metal bar called the clevis by means of a clevis screw, which is loosened or tightened by hand or by screwdriver.

Also attached to the clevis with a spring clip is a pivot rod, which passes through a retaining nut into the drain. Beyond the retaining nut, the rod also passes through a pivot ball, a plastic gasket, and a washer. It then passes through a small loop in the tail end of the pop-up stopper.

Mr. Rooter Tip of the Week

Tip #1 Loosen the clevis screw (with your fingers, a screwdriver, or an adjustable wrench, depending on the type of screw).

Tip #2 Push the stopper down by hand to close the drain.

Tip #3 Tighten the clevis screw. Once you make this adjustment, the stopper should close snugly.

If the pop-up stopper doesn’t stay open when you push down the lift rod:

Tip #4 Squeeze the spring clip, and release the pivot rod from the clevis.

Tip #5 Move the pivot rod to the next hole up on the clevis, holding it in place with the spring clip.

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