A garage floor drain is designed to catch any water that may run off from appliances, drain away water that is in your garage if you clean the garage floors, or to catch water that may flow into your garage when it is heavily raining. It protects the interior of your home from this water. Most people know to use a plunger or snake when the drains inside of their home clog. But if your garage floor drain clogs, a plunger or snake may not be of much help. Follow the steps below to unclog a clogged garage floor drain.
Step 1: Remove the Grate
The first step to removing a clog from your garage floor drain is to remove the grate that is covering the drain. Different types of drains have different grates. Some may simply twist and lift upward, while others may have screws holding them in place. Attempt to properly remove the grate so you do not damage the grate or the drain.
Step 2: Clean Out Any Debris
The next step is to look inside of the floor drain and remove any debris that you may see. Think about this like cleaning a shower drain. You should remove any hair or debris that you can visibly see and lift away. It might be gross, but it can help to free a clog.
Step 3: Use Hot Water
After you have cleared out any debris in the drain that you can see, slowly pour a pot of nearly boiling water down the drain. Pour it slowly enough that the drain can absorb the water, as you do not want the drain to overflow. The hot water will liquefy any grease or soap residue causing the clog. Toward the end of the pot, water should be moving quickly and freely through the drain. If it is, you have removed your clog and are done. If it hasn't, move on to step 4.
Step 4: Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar
If a clog still remains, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda down the drain. Wait a few seconds so the baking soda can settle into the drain. Next, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. As the vinegar reacts with the baking soda, you may see or hear bubbling or fizzing. This reaction will help to break up small clogs. Once the reaction stops, pour more hot water down the drain. This should remove tougher clogs.
If you have followed the above steps and your garage floor drain is still clogged, there is likely a large clog in the drain. In this case, the best way to get the clog removed is by contacting a plumbing service like Calhoun Plumbing to assist you. They can use a drain camera to see what may be in the clogged drain and then decide which method of drain cleaning is best to remove the clog. They can then work to free the clog, ensuring your garage floor drain drains away water as it should when it needs to. Contact your preferred plumbing service now to schedule an appointment.