Your garage is a very impressive structure that could serve multiple different purposes. It could protect vehicles and many other belongings from outside conditions. It can also could serve as an entertainment space, workout area, workshop, or hobby space. Being that it serves so many different functions, it is a great idea to have a floor drain inside your garage to collect or redirect any liquids or waters that might spill or leak. Of course, dirt and debris also can find their way into the garage floor drain, which might lead to a clog. Many garage floor drain clogs could also be resolved by eliminating solid blockage. This could quickly be done by removing any grate, retrieving debris, or flushing the drain down with hot water. Read on to learn how to properly unclog your plumbing system’s garage floor drain!
Ways to Unclog a Garage Floor Drain
Before we jump into the steps, it is important to point out that there are two primary kinds of garage floor drains. The most popular one is a round floor drain, which, as the name implies, has a rounded hole in the concrete floor that is covered by a grate. The second kind is a trench drain with longer, rectangular openings in the bottom to collect water. Trench floor drains are usually more expensive to install, but they’re less likely to clog up. If your floor garage becomes clogged or backed up, follow these steps:
- Locate the drain in your garage. Remember that the concrete floor will slope towards the drain and divert water in that direction.
- Take off the drain grate. You’ll either need to unscrew or pry off the metal grate that covers up the drain. If the grate itself is covered in debris, this could be the cause of the clog in the first place.
- Inspect your drain for blockage. You will want a pair of gloves, a flashlight, and a smaller tool like a screwdriver or trowel for this step. Look right into the floor drain and see if there any debris in your pipe. This would be leaves, paper products, pet hair, clumps of dirt, or any other solid objects. Use your tool to remove as much gunk out of your drain as you possibly can.
- Flush the drain out with hot water. Once you have removed as much waste and debris as you can from the drain, pour hot water to break up any remaining sediment and push it right through the pipe. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners, though.
- Reattach the grate. Clean up the space and keep an eye if the drain is still clogged or gets backed up the next time it collects and liquids.
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