Dealing with some household problems can be delayed, but a sluggish drain can soon become a major inconvenience. Despite the smell and possibility of getting your hands dirty, it is often not too difficult to unclog a drain. Take this quiz and find out how easy it is.
What can a sluggish drain lead to?
Can you suggest a homemade drain cleaner?
baking soda and vinegar
hairspray and salt
toothpaste and acetone
Are there any precautions to take if using a homemade or commercial drain cleaner?
Don't light a cigarette in the area, the smoke may slow the reaction.
The resulting fumes and foam are dangerous - avoid contact.
Allow a slow stream of hot water to flow to increase the alkaline content of the reaction.
How long should a baking soda-vinegar mix be left before running water?
Is there a remedy for a grease clog?
salt, baking soda and boiling water
pure olive oil and sugar
oregano, pepper and hairspray
Which is the correct formula for a preventative drain cleaner?
a bottle of cola, half a cup of pepper
a cup of baking soda, a cup of salt and a 1/4 cup of cream of tartar
a cup of cream of tartar, a cup of salt and a cup of paprika
Before using a plunger, why would you put petroleum jelly on the lip of the plunger?
prevents the plunger from sticking to the bowl
provides lubrication between plunger and bowl
creates a better seal
What action caused by the plunger would dislodge an obstruction?
back and forth water pressure
Would you use a commercial drain cleaner on or near metal fixtures?
Yes, it is designed to attack only blockages.
No it could corrode the metal.
Yes, it will provide a protective coat to the metal.
Okay, having had no success with chemicals or snakes, what is the next logical step?
Purchase a new sink.
Replace the drainage assembly.
Open the clean-out plug and clear blockage.
If a bathtub drain is blocked, from how many places can a nearby clog be attacked?
only the drain opening
from the drain opening, overflow opening and the drum trap
from the drum trap and the overflow opening
What can be an effective tool in clearing blocked floor drains?
a garden hose
tightly wound plastic bag
What type of drain clog will not respond to a snake or a plunger?
If your blockage was caused by tree roots, could you do anything reasonable about it yourself?
Apply a defoliant.
Use an electric auger.
Pour into the pipe a small amount of gasoline and carefully ignite it
What is the importance of a drain trap?
It's an essential part of the water flow process and prevents sewer gases from entering.
The trap prevents water wastage.
It neutralizes toilet odors.
What is the advantage, if any of a polypropylene plastic trap.
all traps are the same
rugged and long-lasting
Would you use an ABS plastic trap when there is a frequent passage of caustic household chemicals?
Definitely, this is what they were designed for.
No they could become deformed and fail.
Only if there is an equal amount of boiling water flowing through.
When appearance is important, which trap would you choose?
chrome-plated thinwall brass
What is the typical trap diameter for a kitchen sink?
one inch (2.5cm)
one and a quarter inches
one and a half inches
If you replace a drain trap, when should you run water into it?