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How to Unclog Any Drain | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows us every common household drain, and how to unclog them like a pro.

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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey teaches host Kevin O’Connor everything he needs to know about plumbing clogs. From toilets and sinks to showers and drain lines, Richard shows Kevin what each system looks like inside and where clogs most often occur.

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Richard demonstrates how to handle simple clogs in a bathroom sink, kitchen sink and toilet using different mechanical devices and the proper techniques. When using a plunger he recommends creating a seal with the flange and pulling back on the plunger allowing the clog to break up.
A closet auger is used for toilet clogs and has a protective sleeve to ensure that the porcelain toilet isn’t damaged. K-3 Toilet Auger [] manufactured by Ridgid.

The water pressure produced by a drain bladder can scour away the material left in place by a drain snake [], in this case one made by Cobra Tools.

About Ask This Old House TV: From the makers of This Old House, America’s first and most trusted home improvement show, Ask This Old House answers the steady stream of home improvement questions asked by viewers across the United States. Covering topics from landscaping to electrical to HVAC and plumbing to painting and more. Ask This Old House features the experts from This Old House, including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor. ASK This Old House helps you protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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