How to Unclog your Garage Floor Drain
Garage floor drains are often overlooked, yet they play an essential role in keeping your garage clean and dry. However, it’s not uncommon for them to get clogged with all kinds of debris, from dirt to oil to pet hair. A clogged garage floor drain can lead to flooding, foul odors, and even expensive damages to your home’s foundation. That’s why it’s crucial for homeowners to know how to unclog their garage floor drain, and Reichelt Plumbing is here to help with some useful tips:
Supplies You’ll Need
Before you begin unclogging your garage floor drain, you’ll need some supplies, including:
- Rubber gloves
- Flashlight and bucket
- Plunger and petroleum jelly
- Baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water
- Plumber’s snake and old rags
Steps on Using Plunger
Follow these steps to unclog your garage floor drain. If at any time you encounter an issue, give one of our expert Reichelt plumbers a call at (219) 322-4906.
- Remove the drain cover and put on rubber gloves.
- Use a flashlight to inspect the drain and remove any visible debris by hand. Place the debris in a bucket so it’s easy to throw away.
- Use a plunger to loosen and remove the clog.
- Apply petroleum jelly to the plunger’s rim to ensure a tight seal. Then, forcefully thrust the plunger against the drain opening several times.
- Pour some water down the drain to see if it flows smoothly.
Steps on Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
If plunging doesn’t work, use baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water.
- First, pour a quart of boiling water into the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Next, pour an entire one-pound box of baking soda into the drain, followed by 32 ounces of vinegar.
- Let it fizz for 10 minutes
- Slowly flush the drain with another quart of boiling water. Then check with regular water to see if it drains properly.
Steps on Using a Plumber’s Snake
If the clog persists, use a plumber’s snake.
- Rotate the cable as you insert it into the drain. When you encounter resistance, push and twist the cable so the hooked end breaks through the blockage.
- Pull the cable out and wipe it down with an old rag.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Pour some water down the drain to see if it flows smoothly now.
Reichelt is Here for You!
A clogged garage floor drain is a problem that can’t be ignored. With the right supplies and a little effort, you can quickly unclog your garage floor drain and keep it flowing smoothly. However, if you’re unsure about how to do it yourself, or if the problem persists, don’t hesitate to call Reichelt Plumbing for professional assistance. Our licensed plumbers are available 24/7 to provide fast and efficient drain cleaning services. Contact us by calling (219) 322-4906 today!