Easy Ways to Clean a Clogged Drain

It’s not hard to tell when your kitchen or bathroom sinks are clogged. The warning signs are pretty obvious. When it takes a little longer for the water to drain or when you begin to smell unpleasant odors – these are indications that it may be a clogged drain. Clogs are usually a result of the debris build up in your pipes. However, there are times when removing excess hair and gunk just doesn’t work. So what do you do next? If you’re faced with a clogged drain problem at home and have no clue on what to do, here are some easy steps that can help  remove clogs and prevent them in the future.

Boiling water

Try pouring boiling water into your clogged drain to dissolve any organic matter in your sink. However , be aware that this tip is not advisable when you have PVC pipes. Too much heat may  cause their joints to loosen. Also, be sure not to pour the boiling water directly into a porcelain sink bowl. It might break or crack. Simply pour the water down the drain with the use of a kettle or pot.

Vinegar and baking soda

If boiling water doesn’t work, Vinegar and baking soda are an excellent alternative. Mix 1/3 cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup of baking soda. There’s no need to add water. Pour the mixture right away down the drain. Because of the fizzing action, the grime, gunk and hair build up will break up and flow down the drain. Leave it for at least an hour but it’s better to let it sit overnight. Then, flush it with hot water. Another way of doing this is by pouring the dry baking soda first,  then pour the vinegar afterwards.

Bent wire hanger

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You can use some products already in your house to unclog your drain

Using a bent wire hanger is very simple and very effective. Use a regular hanger and straighten it out. Then, make a small hook by bending one end. Push the bent end past the drain cover and use its hook to get the debris out of the drain. Be careful not to push the gunk further. If you think you have already gotten out as much debris as you can, clear the drain with hot water.

Caustic soda

Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide are harsh chemicals. It may cause some serious burns so be sure to use eye protection and rubber gloves when using it. To unclog a drain, mix 3 cups of caustic soda with a ¾ gallon of cold water. Stir it well until it fizzes and heats up. Pour the mixture into the blocked drain and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, clear the drain by flushing it with boiling water. This step can be repeated until the drain is completely cleared .

Drain snake

You can purchase or rent hand-operated drain snakes from hardware shops. This tool  can work wonders when it comes to unclogging a drain. The drain snakes have a long, flexible metal wire that can get through the drains. It is designed to be bent and twisted around many types of pipes so you can easily catch and remove debris.

Salt and baking soda

Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of table salt. Pour the mixture down the clogged drain. Leave it for about 10 to 20 minutes before pouring boiling water into the drain. The three elements will create a reaction that should dissolve the blockages inside your drain.

Dish detergent

Dish detergent can also come in handy for when you need to unclog a drain. Pour ¼ cup of the dish detergent into the drain. Then, pour boiling water down afterwards. The detergent will act as a lubricant to get rid of any greasy residue. After pouring the boiling water down, use a plunger and start plunging. If this doesn’t work, you may consider contacting a trusted licensed plumber.

Stubborn blockages in your drain can be a real headache. But you can use these tips to unclog a blocked kitchen or bathroom sink.

Looking for a licensed plumber to help you unclog your drain? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Johnson Plumbing.

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