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Clogged Drain? Here are the Dos and Don’ts!

A clogged drain is an inconvenience that can disrupt daily life, but dealing with it the right way can save you from plumbing headaches down the line.

Understanding the proper steps can make all the difference if you are facing a minor blockage or a stubborn clog. So, before you decide to take matters into your own hands, here are the dos and don’ts of addressing a clogged drain in your home. 


1. Use a Plunger:

Use a plunger as your first line of defense, as it is a simple yet effective tool for dislodging minor clogs. Ensure a tight seal around the drain and perform steady plunges to create pressure to clear the blockage.

2. Boiling Water

H20 has several uses, and unclogging a drain is one of them! If no visible obstructions are blocking the drain, boiling water can help dissolve softer build-up like soap scum or cooking grease.

3. Use a Drain Snake

Using a drain snake or auger can help unclog a drain. It can reach deeper into the pipes and help break up or remove the blockage. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a drain snake. 

4. Call a Plumbing Professional 

If you need help taking care of your clog, give your local plumber a call! This can provide peace of mind, knowing your drain clog is being handled safely and effectively.


1. Chemical Drain Cleaners

Don’t rely on chemical drain cleaners to take care of your clogs. Although they are advertised as completely safe for your plumbing, they can be harsh on your pipes and cause more harm than good.

2. DIY Dismantling

Some things are safe for homeowners to DIY, but dismantling your plumbing system is not one of those things. So, before you grab your toolbox, remember that it is only a good idea to dismantle pipes or plumbing fixtures if you have the proper skills and training.

3. Ignore the Clog

Out of sight, out of mind does not apply to clogged drains. This will only cause the problem to get worse and can lead to more extensive plumbing issues down the line.

4. “Grease” the Drain

This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people have tried pouring cooking oil and other slippery substances down the drain to help loosen up the clog. Remember, these items should never go down your drain.

A clogged drain is a pesky inconvenience that can disrupt daily life, but dealing with it the right way can make all the difference. Our plumbers’ extensive training is why TMI remains the leading plumbing company in Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois. If you need professional assistance unclogging a stubborn drain or taking care of any plumbing issue, give us a call at 563.900.8788 or reach out to us online.