Drain clogs are an unavoidable part of home plumbing; however, leaving them to worsen could result in a blocked kitchen sink or bathroom flood. Before resorting to chemicals or caring in the pros, try these at-home solutions instead as they’re inexpensive, straightforward and likely effective against most clogs.
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Clogged drains can be an inconvenient and hazardous household problem. Depending on its severity, professional plumbers like trenchless sewer plumbing may need to be called in, while simple DIY solutions such as plunging can often free even stubborn clogs quickly and safely from within your plumbing system and home. One such method involves creating hydraulic pressure in order to force any obstruction out from under your house through plunging, something you can ask the pros at Trenchless about, today.
A plunger works by combining hydraulic suction and compression. By pulling up on its handle, it draws sink water upward and loosens any clogs in your plumbing; when you push down on its handle, however, it forces water downward in order to push out any stubborn obstructions from your sink or plumbing.
If plunging is ineffective, consider purchasing and using a drain snake instead. These tools can usually be found at hardware stores and feature a coil with an expanding end containing a wider gap near its tip; simply feed this down your drain while turning a crank as necessary to break up any blockages and dislodge any blockages that might appear.
If the drain snake fails to clear a clog, it may indicate further in your plumbing pipes. If nothing else can break through it, consider renting a wet/dry vacuum; these powerful devices are capable of cutting through most common household clogs quickly, including hair, soap scum and debris build-up.
Wire Coat Hanger
Plungers are often the go-to solution for drain clogs; however, if that doesn’t work there are other at-home remedies you could try. One such tool is using a wire coat hanger as an effective tool for extracting hair out of drains – as seen here – just straighten out as much of it as possible before bending one end over to form a hook and push that end down your drain while fishing for hair and gunk clumps with it. Be patient as this process could take time; however it works without resorting to chemicals!
The internet describes a plumbing snake (as I went over above) as a long metal cable equipped with a hook at one end that can be fed down the drain to grasp any blockages and remove them, though many homeowners find this solution dangerous and messy, as it may not work in some instances when dealing with deeper pipe blockages.
As an alternative, consider making your own homemade plumbing snake using a wire coat hanger. This inexpensive yet safe and effective DIY option should help to clear most clogs more efficiently than pouring chemicals down the drain – just remember to bend your coat hanger into a small hook before beginning use to avoid any potential snags in pipes!
Baking soda is one of the best household items to use when it comes to breaking down and dissolving clog-causing material, such as organic materials like food waste, grease or hair. Plus it has slight disinfectant properties that help eliminate odor-causing bacteria or fungi that might otherwise accumulate.
Baking soda is an eco-friendly and nontoxic solution to unclog drains, offering safe and cheap methods of unblocking all sorts of drains. When combined with vinegar, this household product creates a volcanic eruption-esque reaction in your pipe that fizzing dissolves gunk lodged within its pipes and breaks it down for easy passageway. Compared with harsh chemical cleaners that could potentially harm pipes or drains, this approach offers much safer results that provide faster relief from clogging issues.
Pouring hot water down your drain may also help loosen clogs. Be sure to use only hot, but not boiling, water to ensure no damage to pipes or the seals of your drain trap. Once in, slowly pour a cup of baking soda followed by one of vinegar down it; let this mixture sit and fizz for around an hour before repeating this process and flushing with more hot water if the clog persists.
Baking soda can also be utilized by mixing it with salt or Borax to form an effective drain-clearing mixture. When combined with acids such as vinegar or lemon juice, such as table salt, you’ve got an easy but efficient drain cleaner! Not only does it dissolve grime quickly but also softens and loosens obstacles blocking your drain, making removal much simpler with wire coat hanger or other tools.
One popular home remedy is pouring salt down the drain to clear away debris clogging it up (https://www.wikihow.com/Unclog-a-Drain-with-Salt-and-Vinegar) believing this coarse substance should physically break apart any blockages and unclog the pipes. But does this actually work?
Before beginning, remove any stopper from the drain. Combine one cup of coarse salt and one cup of baking soda in an even mixture – stirring may help break up stubborn clogs more effectively than simply salt alone can. For added power try mixing in half a cup of lemon juice.
Clogged drains can be caused by anything from food particles or hair to paper towels, tampons and kids playing with toys that fall down the toilet – to more serious issues like broken sewer lines or an overloaded plumbing system. If all other methods have failed to unclog your drain – plunging, using wire coat hanger tricks, baking soda and salt treatments and even plunging are ineffective, it may be time to contact professional services for help.