3 Quick Tips for Fixing Clogged Drains

A clogged drain can be frustrating and unsightly. Calling a plumber can cost you valuable time and money, so before you reach for the phone, try these three quick tips for fixing that stubborn drain.

Plunge Away         

Most households already have a plunger handy, so this trick is quick and easy. Whether it is your kitchen sink, bathroom sink or bathtub, it works just the same. First, fill up the offending drain with a few inches of hot water. Then, grab your plunger, some cleaning gloves and a couple of towels. You may not need the towels, but this can get a bit sloppy, so it’s better to keep them close by. Take the plunger and roll it over the drain to create a good seal. Plunge the drain vigorously for twenty seconds and then release the plunger. If it loosened the clog, water will drain quickly.

This process may need to be repeated a few times to fully unclog the drain.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Do you remember those old science fair volcanoes full of baking soda that “erupted” when you poured vinegar into them? You can use that same chemical reaction to help unclog a stubborn drain, too. All you need is hot water, baking soda and vinegar. First, pour a pot of hot water down the clogged drain. Then, slowly add half a cup of baking soda. Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of hot water, and pour this down the drain as well. If you have a drain plug, use it. This will keep the reaction bubbling inside the drain where it is most effective. Let it sit for ten minutes and then rinse the mixture out with another pot of very hot water.

Plumbing Snake

Plumbing snakes, sometimes referred to as auger cables, can be used for sinks and bathtubs. They are simple to use and work by allowing you to push and break up the clog by twisting the cable. When using a snake, it’s important to remember to go slowly at first. When you reach the clog, you will have to use some force to break it up. Once the clog is sufficiently broken up, any standing or slow-moving water should drain quickly.

If these tips can’t clear up a clogged drain, don’t hesitate to call a professional! Many plumbing companies like Rapid Rooter have instant response lines for emergency services. Don’t let a little problem get worse by neglecting these DIY tips. Simple issues can turn into much bigger and costly repairs if managed wrong. Know what your own plumbing skills can handle and when to let the big leagues step in and do the dirty work.

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