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In this, the final entry in our series on clogged drains, we will once again advise on how to identify and Clear a Clogged Drain. Continuing where we left off in our second blog entry, these pointers from Poole’s Plumbing can help achieve early detection and likewise, detect and Clear a Clogged Drain before there is a huge mess.

Removing the drain stopper and any debris is a good start to clearing the drain.

Trust in Poole’s Plumbing and Clear Your Mind…oh, and Your Sink Drain!

Once again, we are aware of the common thoughts when one realizes they have any plumbing issue. However, your trusted friends at Poole’s Plumbing once again can set a worried mind at ease. With some easy to remember pointers, you can locate and Clear a Clogged Drain and feel confident doing so.

We will use the example of a clogged kitchen sink to walk you through several steps. To begin on your path to Clear a Clogged Drain, first, take these simple measures.

  • Remove the Sink’s Drain Stoppers
  • Carefully Remove any Visible Debris
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In the case of a double bowl sink, be sure to use a wet rag to block the second drain.

Keeping it Clean: Dishwasher and Clear Drains

We are confident with some advice from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s that you can Clear a Clogged Drain. Certainly though, “keeping it clean,” or avoiding a messy situation in doing so is something you want to keep in mind. 

Staying true to our mission to Clear a Clogged Drain in the kitchen sink, there are several areas to secure to keep things as dry as possible. These steps below are two you would want to be sure are done before going further in this process.

  • Clamp the dishwasher hose where it is attached to the drain line or disposal under the sink. This will prevent dirty water from backing up into the dishwasher.
  • In the case of a “double bowl” sink, block off one of the drains with a wet rag.

Do not plunge the drain if you have used and chemicals or drain cleaners.

Safety Reminders Before You “Plunge In”

With the hose clamped and second drain blocked, its time to “take a plunge,” literally. Note that there are some precautions to take if you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink. Thus, you must refer to the list below on disposals to be certain that the disposal is tended to properly as well.

In contrast, another point of note is that if any cleaners or chemicals have been poured down the drain, you do not want to take these next steps. This would seem obvious, but inhaling these type fumes can be extremely harmful. Similarly, plunging when these chemicals are present in a drain could lead to costly damage.


Using a disposal wrench or Allen wrench, rotate to open and clean debris from disposal

Garbage Disposal “Check Points” 

  • If there is a disposal, and it’s not working or is making a loud humming noise when turned on, it is likely jammed with something. 
  • If the disposal is jammed, first, turn it off. Next, either unplug the cord under the sink if it has a plug or turn off the circuit breaker in your main panel box for safety.
  • Once sure the circuit is turned off, insert the disposal wrench. If you don’t have it use an Allen wrench. Put either up into the center of the bottom of the disposal. Rotate accordingly to be sure the disposal is clear of any debris.
  • If initially when turned on the disposal made no noise, check the internal circuit breaker. This is located at the bottom of the unit. Make sure it is not popped out. If it is, press it inward to reset it.
  • Lastly, plug the disposal back in or turn the circuit breaker in the panel box back on, and turn the disposal on again. If still not working, you still can Clear a Clogged Drain. However, you will want to consult the pros at Poole’s Plumbing to regarding the disposal.

Now the Simple Solution to Clear a Clogged Drain

With all safety items checked off, now we are ready to “pop” that drain clear. By following the two simple steps below, you should have your drain running free and clear. 

  • Fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of water.
  • Use a plunger to plunge the open drain, keeping the other side blocked. Plunge until the standing water swirls down the drain unimpeded. 

While this concludes our three-part series on how to Clear a Clogged Drain, in our next post we will still be “unclogging.” Taking it a step further, Raleigh’s most trusted plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing will move from the smaller drains to the bigger issue of clearing a sewer drain.


Keeping the drain clear in your sink or bathtub  is important for many reasons and you can do this with very little effort. In addition to avoiding a mess, these tips below can help avoid running into costly and dangerous situations. The problems that could arise from a clogged drain range from unpleasant odors to getting pesky drain gnats. With the following Unclogging Drain Home Remedies from Poole’s Plumbing you can “do-it-yourself” and steer clear of issues.

This post will continue as the second in our three articles on clogged drain issues. Sure, everyone knows of the products that can be bought to clear a drain. These may work, but in some cases can add to a problem, however. Thus, our Unclogging Drain Home Remedies are a safe alternative that usually can eliminate the problem.

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A simple solution of baking soda and lemon juice allowed to set for 30 minutes can unclog a drain.

Identify Early and Keep a Constant Watch

While this may seem obvious, the importance and savings it could lead to make it worth stating. Consequently, if you notice buildup starting or that your drain is becoming clogged, always address the issue as soon as possible. The quicker that Unclogging Drain Home Remedies are used, the more likely it is the clog is kept clear.

Of course, as noted above, there are many chemicals and solutions that can be bought over the counter to tackle a clog. However, these powerful chemicals can also be harmful. Not only to those in your house breathing them in, but also you must be sure of the amount you use. Sometimes, too. much of these chemicals can harm the actual plumbing/pipes in the clearing process. These methods as opposed to the Unclogging Drain Home Remedies below, might result in damage. Thus, these methods are best if tried after those listed below.

What Unclogging Drain Home Remedies Should I Try?


A tablespoon of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar is one unclogging solution.

Contrary to popular belief, keeping your drains clean and clear is really a simple process that can be done at home. Just a few minutes of your time every few days can make a world of difference. The following are three Unclogging Drain Home Remedies that you can do using household items.

Baking Soda/Lemon Juice Mixture

Each of these simple Unclogging Drain Home Remedy find you taking one basic action. That would be pouring some safe mixture down the drain in hopes of breaking up the clog. This first mixture simply calls for first, putting a tablespoon of baking soda down the drain. Immediately follow that with a 1/4 cup of either lemon juice or vinegar and let this set for 30 minutes. Once the half hour is up, run hot water down the drain to be sure it has cleared through.


A healthy amount of salt in a mixture with hot water can also fight through a clogged drain.

Salt Water Mixture

Just as the above Unclogging Drain Home Remedies instruct, this again has you pouring an easy to make mixture into the drain. Use a strong, amount of salt mixed with hot water for this concaction. Again, after letting it sit, follow this up with a steady stream of hot water. This will keep grease from building up in your drain. Likewise, it will help to eliminate odors also.

Over-the-Counter Chemicals/Solutions

As stated earlier, yes, if not used correctly, these can be more damaging than helpful. However, if used appropriately and in the case that the first two suggestion here don’t work, store-bought solutions may be the answer. Available at basically any supermarket or grocery store, these chemicals would be the last suggestion in “do-it-yourself” remedies. If you do not see the drain becoming unclogged at this point, it is best to call a professional. In calling a professional, the most trusted name in Raleigh plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing will be able to come and analyze and then clear your drain issues in short order.



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Following our two-part Fall Plumbing Tips series, the experts at Poole’s Plumbing have decided to continue in educating our loyal customers. There are many areas which will be covered in our upcoming blog posts. However, one that is very simple to address at home and if not monitored can prove costly. Likewise, it can also result in major damage or at very least a mess. Thus, this post will be the first of a three-part series where we begin by helping you recognize the Top Clogged Drain Causes.

Keeping all drains in the house flowing freely may seem an obvious priority. With just simple monitoring and very minimal or no maintenance, you can keep all drains unclogged, avoiding several possible issues. Depending on the Clogged Drain Causes which can occur, you could have a slight problem or an all-out disaster. Messy floor leaks, flooding, costly repairs, or just a terrible aroma developing all can come from many Clogged Drain Causes. We will look below at areas you will have a drain, and the top Clogged Drain Causes to look for in each.

Garbage and Other Disposals


Running your dishwasher only as necessary is one way to keep from causing a clogged drain.

It’s self-evident, but when it comes to Clogged Drain Causes garbage disposals can be a messy business. Bones and large chunks of greasy food can prove troublesome for your garbage disposal and lead to a clogged drain. You’ll want to toss most of these aforementioned offenders into your garbage and not directly into your disposal.

Laundry/Washing Machines

Remember, it is always best to be vigilant when taking care of those seemingly never-ending loads of laundry. Pay attention if and when your clogs tend to happen. If they seem to occur on days you’re running your washing machine then you’ve probably located the source of the problem. Multiple large loads in quick succession can cause the synthetic fabrics of your clothing to gather in drains and foil even your best efforts at keeping your drains free-flowing.



Being sure to keep a proper sized laundry load is yet another way to avoid drain issues.

Much like the washing machine, keeping a consistent watch for and quickly addressing and Clogged Drain Causes with the dishwasher can be very cost-effective. We all know, the dishwasher is a lifesaver after a long day and a painstakingly cooked meal, but every once in a while if it becomes a Clogged Drain Causes, it can create extra work for you. Repeated running of your dishwasher or failure to properly remove solid waste from its innards before running a cycle can cause backups in your drain.

Sewer Line

This one could be a “biggie.” It may come as a surprise to many, but your main sewer line may be behind all your drainage woes. No matter if a clog occurs in an area in the line right beside your house or near the edge of the street, there is the chance it’s the sewer line. Municipalities have different guidelines governing what is your responsibility and what is not regarding the sewer line and you may be on the hook for a repair before you can restore the health of your drains. Check with your municipality to determine how to handle a clogged sewer line.

So, as earlier stated, a lot of unnecessary expenses and headaches, in general, can be avoided or at least minimized by simply being aware of possible Clogged Drain Causes and staying on top of keeping them clean. In the case that you do have a clog or backup issue that has become a concern, the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are always just a call away and waiting to help you nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a plumbing disaster.