How to Clear Clogged Drains in Your Home

If when you turn on the water in one of your sinks or showers, it seems like it takes forever for the water to go completely down the drain, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s because your drain is clogged. And while you could call a professional plumber to come out and remedy the issue, the reality is that sometimes they tend to be rather expensive. And although you could also go to your local grocery store and pick up a commercial draining product to unclog the drain, sometimes the chemicals are too harsh.

So what are some other solutions? The good news is that there are actually several ways that you can cheaply and easily clear clogged drains inside of your house in just a matter of moments. If you’d like a few suggestions, here are five of them:

Boiling water. One of the easiest ways to unclog a drain inside of your house is to pour some boiling water down it. All you need to do is heat up some water in a pot or kettle until it is boiling hot. Then, slowly pour down one-third of the water. Wait for a couple of minutes and then pour down the rest. In most cases, this will automatically either dislodge or dissolve whatever is in your drain’s way.

Wet-dry vacuum. If you happen to own a wet-dry vacuum, something else that you might want to consider doing is using it on your drain. First you should set the vacuum to “liquids.” Then you should cover up the vent (so that a mess is not made in the process). The next step is to create a seal over the drain. Once these steps are completed, turn the vacuum on its highest setting and it should pull the clog up into the vacuum bag.

Dish detergent. So what do you do when your toilet seems to have a clog inside of it? One of the best things to do is get a bit of dish detergent from your kitchen and pour it directly into your toilet. All you need is about one-fourth of a cup. Once you’ve put it in the toilet, then pour some boiling water into the toilet. The dish detergent will serve as a lubricant to help remove whatever is keeping your toilet from flushing fully.

Baking soda and vinegar. If you were to ask a professional who works at a company like Northeast Plumbing about another DIY way to clear a clogged drain, one thing that they might mention is the effectiveness of baking soda and vinegar. All you need to do is mix one-third cup of baking soda with one-third cup of vinegar. As the solution starts to combine, there will be a fizz. While it’s fizzing, pour the solution directly down the toilet and let it stand for about an hour. Afterwards, pour some hot water down the toilet and flush. Your clog will be no more.

A wire hanger. Something else that’s pretty effective is a wire hanger. Just straighten it out and bend one part of the hanger over the other in order to create your own little hook. Then lower the hook into the opening inside the toilet, fish around and pull the debris out. Once you’ve gotten a lot of it out, pour some hot water into the toilet and your problem should be resolved. If you would like to watch a video on how to use a hanger to unclog a toilet, visit YouTube and put “unclog a toilet” in the search field.

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