Easy Home Solutions For Clogged Drains

If you have a clogged drain, then you probably don't want to call a plumber to get it fixed. Luckily, there are some easy ways to clear out a drain, using nothing but common materials you have lying around at home. 

  • Hot Water - Your first step in dealing with any clogged drain should be to attempt a simple hot water cleanse at first. If the faucet or shower doesn't have particularly hot water, then you will need to heat the water up in a kettle or pot before pouring it down the drain. Take special precautions if the drain has rubber seals. If exposed to boiling water, the rubber seals might degrade and become compromised. Therefore, you want to make sure that the boiling water goes directly into the drain and does not touch the surrounding seals.
  • Probe - If that doesn't do the trick, then you can try manually probing for the problem. All you need is a long, thin object such as a bent wire hanger. Simply remove the drain cover and try to poke around with your makeshift probe. If you can feel the clog, you can try to break it loose. If that does work, you can even try curling the tip of the wire hanger into a small hook, and try to pull on the clog.
  • Plunger - A plunger will help deal with all but the most persistent of clogs. Just fill the shower/sink/etc with enough water that a small layer covers the lip of the plunger when placed atop the drain. Then, gently plunge for 5-10 seconds before removing the plunger. Be careful, though, because even if you hear the water rush past the clog, it might not actually have been displaced yet. If the initial plunging doesn't work, wait a minute and then plunge for 20-30 seconds.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar - If all else fails, then a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar should clear everything right up. To start off, add between 1/2 and 1 cup of baking soda to the drain in question, along with a cup of hot water. Let that rest for a few minutes, and then add about a cup of vinegar along with some more hot water. Replace the drain cover to allow the explosive reaction to be concentrated downward. If everything goes well, then your drain should be clear and ready to go. If not, try again after 30 minutes or so. The reaction should dislodge the clog in question.

For further assistance, contact local professionals in plumbing repair.