And certainly not everyone needs to! While there are situations that call for professional intervention, there are some easy DIY bathroom fixes for clogs that most people can perform on their own.
You don't need to know a lot about plumbing to be able to perform these remedies.
Read on to arm yourself with Plumbing 101.
Toilet Clogs Most prudent homeowners own a toilet plunger (the type with the tube-like extension on the bottom, whereas a sink plunger is the half-moon shaped type) and know how to use it.
But there is a proper method for unclogging a backed-up toilet.
First, turn off the water source via the valve nearest the wall on the pipe connected to the toilet.
Always remember: righty tighty, lefty loosey.
Next, place the circular extension into the hole at the bottom of the toilet and begin the push-pull motion slowly, then gather some speed until you feel the clog release.
Sink Clogs If you have removed the hair and other debris clinging to the plug device, then it's time to break out the sink plunger.
First, fill the sink about halfway.
Then cover the drain with the plunger and begin the push-pull motion until the clog clears.
Afterwards, run hot water for a few minutes to flush the pipes completely.
Bathtub Clogs Slow-draining bathtubs can be a bit of a hassle, as they tend to require you to clean the tub more frequently to rid it of rings and soap scum.
Oftentimes, slow-draining tubs don't even require tools to fix.
Begin by pouring one cup of regular table salt into the drain and flushing it with a stockpot of boiling water.
If necessary, continue running hot water down the drain.
If this fails to unclog, and if you are certain no foreign objects are lodged in the pipes, then try using a sink plunger with the push-pull method described above.
If the above techniques fail to remove the source of the clogging, then purchase a plumbing snake and follow the directions on the packaging.
If the snakes are unsuccessful, you are advised to call your local plumbing professional and schedule an appointment.
Sometimes, they can offer you advice over the phone, but other instances require them to survey the problem in person.
For additional information, perform an online search or call your local plumber.