Tools To Fix Minor Clogs

From Five Star Plumbing Services Inc

With the current state of the world being the way that it is, you’re most likely spending a lot more time at home than you were a few years ago. Because of this, your plumbing has been having to work a lot harder than it is used to, resulting in backups that you do not have the time for. At Five Star Plumbing, a plumbing company in Baltimore, MD, we understand the struggles of everyday clogs and backups that may occur, which is why we are here to tell you about the simple tools to fix minor clogs that will save you time, money, and the headache. 

Tools To Fix Minor Clogs

Toilet Plunger

Ah, yes. Old glory. The toilet plunger is the tried and true solution for a minor toilet clog, but it’s important to make sure that you have a good one. Ideally, your toilet plunger will create a very tight seal around the toilet bowl’s drain to unclog it. If you’re going to use a plunger, remember to turn your water off.

Auger/Drain Snake

An auger/drain snake is a very inexpensive tool that you can find at any local hardware store. This tool is fantastic for bringing whatever is clogging your drain out of your drain. If you aren’t able to purchase an auger but have something clogging your drain that you just can’t get to, we recommend bending a metal hanger. However, you will need to make sure that  you do not scratch your toilet or your sink when you are using the hanger.

Sink Plunger

One of the most common causes for a clogged kitchen sink is a blocked garbage disposal. If you have checked and can confirm that your garbage disposal is in fact broken or overheated, you will need to then use a household plunger. Do not use the same plunger that you use for your toilets as your sink plunger. That is extremely unsanitary and super gross. In the event that your clog is in the curve under your sink, use a wrench to unfasten the P-trap. Make sure you also have a bucket handy to catch the water and debris that might come out.


Cleaners are a great way to break up a clog without causing harm to your pipes. By keeping a bottle of natural cleaner handy and using it from time to time, you can avoid clogs and other issues from arising. It’s important to be patient when using these cleaners, as they may take several hours to reach their full effectiveness.

About Five Star Plumbing

If you need your drain cleaned or repaired, Five Star Plumbing will take care of it! As local plumbers, our service area includes Baltimore County and Harford County, including but not limited to Bel Air, Abingdon, Fallston, Towson, Baltimore, Parkville, Lutherville, and Timonium. We offer 2 hour appointment windows so you don’t have to wait all day – no matter where in the area that you are located. We offer many different services, including well pump services, water treatment, plumbing repair and installation, outdoor plumbing services, drain cleaning, and water heater services.