Got a clogged drain? We know the feeling – as the pool of water starts to collect around your drain, you get a sinking feeling in the bottom of your stomach. You are strapped for cash so decide to try to attack the clogged drain yourself and decide to not call a plumber. The good news is that most clogged drain problems are usually easy enough to correct on your own without having to call a plumbing drain specialist.
The average homeowner should be able to clear most clogs in a drain in a couple of hours or less. Try some of the following do-it-yourself household clogged drain tips that anyone can use.
- To clear a clogged drain, try this simple technique before attempting to use any commercial chemical product:
Pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain followed by boiling water. Continue to flush with very hot tap water until the clog is clear.
- Try pouring a cup of yogurt (without fruit) down the drain and leave it for several hours.
- Is your drain clogged from hair going down the drain?
If you have Nair (the leg hair remover) laying around you can try to pour a bottle down your drain. Let it sit for about a half an hour, then put hot water down the drain. It will clean out and keep working on the gunk and hair further down the line as it continues to move down the pipes and drains.
- Put some disk soup (such as Dawn) down your drain. Follow it with some hot water and it should do the trick to unclog your drain.
- For slow-running drains, you can shake a half box of baking soda down the drain, then dump in one cup of vinegar. It should bubble and foam, so you may want to cover with a towel. When it stops foaming, flush the drain with very hot water for 2-3 minutes.
- If you can get at the drain pipe, open it up. Get a water hose, put the hose up thru the drain pipe and turn your water on. It will hit the clog and wash it out. No chemicals involved and usually works.
- If you’re tired of clogged drains in the house, one way to clear up your plumbing is by using a simple plunger. Though most people use the plunger for toilets, remember that you can use a separate one for other applications, including drain cleaning a sink.
When using a plunger, use a great deal of force to press the plunger handle down over the drain obstruction. Wait a minute and then see if the clog is cleared. You can then repeat the drain cleaning process as necessary.
- Still having problems with clogged drains? No chemical or clogged drain tip will work as effectively as a $30 drain clearing “snake” that you can buy at your local plumbing or hardware store. If all else fails, you will need to call a local plumber and have him take a look at it.