- 01 Aug
How to Fix a Clogged Drain
Every homeowner has been in a situation where a drain stops, well, draining. This is obviously problematic. Most people use their sinks, showers, and bathtubs every single day. When those things are unable to drain, it makes them fairly unusable, and to be honest, quite gross. For this reason, it’s important to not let a clogged drain just sit and wait to be fixed, but you don’t have to call a professional like us, just yet (although you could, if you’d rather not be bothered to fix it yourself). Instead, try one of these methods to fix a clogged drain, yourself…
Using a plunger
First of all, if your drain has stopped working, that means there is something that is blocking the flow somewhere in the pipes. This is fairly obvious, but there are variety of ways that a drain can get blocked. Sometimes, it is because of a buildup of sediment, hair, or something else that ruins the pressure in the pipe. However, sometimes it is simply because something got stuck when getting drained. If that is the case, you can use a plunger to try to dislodge whatever is stuck with pressure. If you’re lucky, this will solve the problem with no further issue!
Using a snake
If you have a snake that you use to unclog toilets, then then you can also use this for a drain that is exceptionally backed up. This is a very thorough method that should get your drain in working order. To start, try taking the cap off your drain and putting the snake down to see if that gets rid of the problem. If it doesn’t, then you’re going to need to take off the P-trap, which is the little rounded section of pipe under the sink, and snake down the rest of the pipe.
Using baking soda and vinegar
If you’d rather not break out the snake just yet, there’s a nifty little DIY chemical solution that you can use that should dissolve some of the sediment that gets stuck in the pipes. To do this dump some boiling hot water down the drain, and then follow that up with pouring about ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain. Let the baking soda do its work for a few minutes, and then pour a cup of vinegar down to wash the baking soda. After another moment, pour another couple of cups of boiling hot water to finish the job.
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