Unclogging a Central Vacuum System

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Unclogging a Central Vacuum System

Central VacuumCentral vacuums are far more efficient than standard upright models. The system is connected via wall inlets, which allow you to connect any accessories needed for daily, weekly, or monthly cleaning. From hardwood flooring and carpeting to rugs, drapery and even upholstered furniture, these systems effectively pick up and remove dirt, dust, grime, and other elements.
However, central vacuums are not exempt from getting clogged. Like standard uprights, these units will not perform at peak rates if the hoses and other components get clogged. Therefore, it is essential to unclog these pieces to restore optimal performance and function. Here are a few ways to unclog your central vacuum:

Determine the General Location of the Clog

The best way to determine the location of the clog is by identifying which low performing inlet is closest to the main vacuum. Typically, you will find the main unit in the garage or basement. Simply insert the hose into the inlet valve, where the clog is present and place your hands over the handle’s end, allowing the pressure to build up for a few seconds. After building the pressure, release your hands and repeat the process for 10 minutes. This process should ultimately release the clog, and your unit should be back to working order. Both home and business owners report that this process is effective.

Other Steps for Unclogging Central Vacuum Clogs

You can also use reverse suction by inserting a portable vacuum or shop vac hose into the inlet valve. Simply let the pressure build then quickly release and repeat the process. However, if your portable or shop vac is not strong enough – try removing the central vacuum unit from the basement or garage. Bring it to the closest inlet valve and use the vacuum hose with your hands as a gasket, to flush out the clog as previously mentioned.
If neither one of these two measures removes the clog, you can try a free flow maintenance sheet plan to clear the blockage. Our experts at ThinkVacuums.com can walk you through the steps to restore power and optimal suction to your central system. Sheets essentially act like sails that build more pressure, while building up around the clog. These items stimulate the powerful vacuum to work harder – thus releasing the clog in a timely and safe manner.
Another option is to run electrician’s fish-tape or a plumber’s snake and try to hook and remove the object or clog.

What if the Clog won’t Remove?

If after all this the clog remains in your central vacuum, you will need to be precise in trying to locate the clog. Clogs are notorious for moving up and down the hoses and units due to the pressure applied to remove them. If you can pinpoint the exact location of the clog, you can administer more agitation to the pipe. In worse case scenarios, you may need to cut the pipe to the remove the clog, and then reconnect the two pieces with a single central vacuum coupling.
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