Clogging drains are a common problem that homeowners should face at some point in their life. However, it’s usually the case at the worst possible moment. You may be asking yourself how you can quickly fix your clogged drain without spending a fortune. Luckily for you, we’re here to help you fix your problem with our six simple ways you can repair a clogged drain yourself.
1. Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you have a clogged drain you can easily remedy it with baking soda and vinegar. Simply, mix a third of baking soda with a third of vinegar in a measuring cup. It should start fizzing quickly, this is when you should pour it down your clogged drain. The fizzing solution can help remove grime, dirt, and gunk from your drain that is causing the clog. Once you let it sit for an hour, flush it with hot water. However, alternatively, you can pour baking soda and then vinegar down your drain for the same effect. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water.
2. Boiling Water
If the tip above didn’t work, you can just as easily boil water in your tea kettle and pour it down your drain. As simple as this method sounds, it works very effectively. Plus, if you have water left over, you can even make yourself a cup of tea.
3. The Drain Snake
The drain snake is low-tech equipment for drain repair and it works amazingly. Pretty much it’s a piece of metal rope with a spiraled end to collect gunk, hair, and other items that may be clogging your drain. All you have to do is insert it in your drain and pull it back up to unclog your drain.
4. Clean Your Pipes
If you don’t feel like becoming a DIY plumber, we suggest to skip this step, but it may be more fun than you think!
The first step is to place a large, empty bucket under your sink trap aka the U-shaped pipe. The purpose of the bucket is to collect the water that will spill out. Now, using a wrench, loosen up the slip nuts on the pipe. When the trap is loose and free of the other parts, remove it completely and empty it out into the bucket. However, you may want to use an old toothbrush to get the harder gunk out. Once the deed is done, rinse the trap out with water and put it back in place with your sink. Usually, this is one of the most successful ways to get your sink back to working order. You can find more resources available at the Drain Rescue Plumbers website.
5. Use a Plunger
If your sink is clogged to the point of no return, it’s time to pull out the plunger. However, make sure it’s the right kind, we’re talking cup-shaped, not flanged like most are. Prior to plunging out your sink, you should make sure to remove any metal stoppers that would prevent the gunk from resurfacing. When mounting the plunger over your sink drain, make sure you have a good seal and use fast and hard plunges too quickly remove the clog. At the same time, you should check to see if your sink is draining properly.
6. Contact a Professional
If none of the above methods have worked, it may be time to call a plumbing company. Sometimes the best thing you can do is contact a professional plumber to determine what, exactly, is wrong with your drain and fix the problem. In fact, getting the issue fixed the right way can prevent this sort of damage from happening in the future.