Most of us are not exactly excited to call a plumber to clear a drain clog. Having a long history in the plumbing profession, we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to DIY drain cleaning.
Drain auger (a.k.a. snake): Unless you really know what you’re doing, using a drain auger means you may be risking the health of your pipes by placing extra stress on them from the power of the auger and the coil at the end. An auger can damage the pipes, and if you do not have the correct size, will be ineffective.
Coat Hanger: Do you see how skinny they are? They will be the most ineffective “tool” you can use, plus there is a chance that it will get stuck.
Chemical Drain Cleaners: As convincing as the advertising is, by and large they won’t destroy the clog. Add to that the abrasive and corrosive chemical ingredient; you’ve got a recipe for a dangerous situation should it splash back or break something.
The Garden Hose: There are very few circumstances where the water pressure from a garden hose can dislodge a clog and 99% of the time, it won’t work for you. The most likely result will be a big wet mess. It’s best to have a plumber dislodge a clog with a garden hose as they have been trained on how to do it correctly.
Mr. Fix-It Yourself: Unless you have experience or knowledge in plumbing, the possibility that you will over tighten something or damage a pipe when you remove or replace it is just too probable. Leave it to a plumber.
The best fix it is: clog prevention! Don’t flush anything down the toilet that could cause the clog. Diapers, feminine products, toys, etc., all are the usual suspects when clogs occur. For sink or tubs: hair is the #1 culprit. In the kitchen, grease & food particles, including vegetable peels, are excellent sources of clogging. As Ben Franklin says: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”