Unclogging and Cleaning the Floor Drain in Your Detached Garage

Construction & Contractors Blog

If there has been a lot of rain in your area and the floor drain in your home's detached garage has stopped draining water, then it is important that you clean the drain and restore its flow before winter storms flood the garage with an excessive amount of water.

Since your garage's floor drain plumbing is encased in cement, you will need to attack the clog from the surface entrance of the drain. This can sometimes be a challenging way to remove a stubborn clog, so a bit of patience and trial and error will go a long way toward fixing this problem with the least headache possible.

Follow this procedure to clean your garage floor's clogged drain:

Plunge the Floor Drain with a High-Quality Toilet Plunger

The first thing you should try to clear the clogged floor drain in your detached garage's floor is to plunge it with a high-quality toilet plunger. For this project, you need to use a ball-style plunger and not one that only has a rubber cup on the end. Ball-style plungers are able to build up the proper pressure to remove a clog from a drain which is not possible using the less expensive cup-style plungers.

To successfully unclog the drain, place the plunger completely over the floor drain and pump it gently up and down. Move the plunger up and down until you feel it building up pressure with the floor. At this point, push the plunger hard towards the floor and then quickly pull it off of the drain. This change in suction is enough to clear most garage floor drain clogs.

If the first session of plunging does not work, repeat the process until the clog is cleared or it becomes obvious to you that plunging is not going to work.

Place Equal Parts Baking Soda and White Vinegar into the Floor Drain

If plunging the drain has not cleared the clog, then you can try using some basic chemistry to remove it. Place equal parts of baking soda and white vinegar into the drain and allow the reaction to fizz and bubble. The chemical reaction taking place will introduce air pockets into the clog and will allow you to plunge it out from the drain much more easily.

After the acid-based reaction stops bubbling in the drain, plunge the floor drain again to dislodge the clog.

Wash the Floor Drain Using Dish Soap and a Bucket of Water

Finally, once the clog has been removed, you should clean any residual grease and oil from the floor drain by squirting some liquid dish soap into the drain and then dumping a couple buckets of water into it to wash away the soap.

 

Share

19 October 2015

A Locksmith and Your Safety: What You Need to Know

If you find yourself locked out of your car or home, or if you need to rekey either of these things, a locksmith can assist you. Unfortunately, many people are in such a hurry to get back into their homes or cars that they do a quick search and hire the first company they come across. I created this website because when it comes to hiring and using a locksmith, you need to make sure you are using a reputable company. I want people to know what to look for in a trusted company, how to find one and ultimately, how to stay safe when waiting on a locksmith and when using one. I hope my site provides you with information that you find useful.