Clogged Drain? Before Calling a Plumber, Try These Two Tips

There’s never a convenient time for one of your drains to get clogged. And when it happens, there’s usually a line down the hallway including you and your family members who need to use the sink or shower.

Clogged drains can be caused by a number of things, such as blocked pipes, damaged piping that is blocking it from draining, or poor drainage in general. When this happens it’s usually time to call a professional. While we at Vito Services appreciate a service call and are more than happy to help, there might be a few steps you can take yourself to alleviate the problem.

Stopping your child from throwing their favorite toy down the drain, or disposing of your cooking grease instead of down the kitchen sink are great preventative measures. But mistakes happen and general use can clog drains over time. Follow these handy tips on your own if you want to clear up a clogged drain. If that doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to call us.

Try The Basics First

We’ve decided to lump a number of basic home drain remedies into this first step. You shouldn’t have any problem completing any of these tasks, but use caution when attempting any of these. Wear protective equipment when necessary.

Flush with boiling water

Remember when we told you to use caution when trying these simple remedies? That couldn’t apply more to this one. Boiling up a pot of water and walking to you shower or sink is fairly dangerous. But it can work, and usually flushes small blockages or those pesky slow draining tubs or sinks. This method is best used on metal pipes, not plastic. If you’re unsure which ones you have, skip it.

It goes without saying, but if you choose to do this, be careful.

Use a plunger

Not the most ideal use of a plunger, but if you have a clogged drain you might want to consider using its suction power to dislodge any blockages. A bonus tip is to cover the overflow drain with a strip of duct tape. This will force water and air down the drain without it escaping.

Buy or make your own drain snake

These handy devices can be found at most home hardware stores. Or you can channel your own inner MacGyver and devise make your own. A wire coat hanger can even be used, but make sure you don’t damage your pipes in the process.

Using Chemicals As A Last Resort

Commercial drain cleaners aren’t effective on some types of clogs. Grease can be impervious to drain cleaners and the harsh chemicals they use make it a last resort option. Don’t worry though, there is still another option available.

Make your own drain cleaner with vinegar and baking soda

Using hot water combined with vinegar and baking soda can unclog drains by loosening up the material that is blocking or slowing the flow of water. Think back to science class when your teacher threw vinegar onto some baking soda. Now picture that same reaction but in your clogged pipes. Follow these steps and see if it works for you:

  • Pour boiling water down your drain to loosen the blockage first
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a few minute
  • Pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot water down the drain
  • Cover the drain with the drain plug to keep the reaction within the pipe
  • Let the chemicals and water sit for 5-10 minutes then flush one more time with a pot of boiling water
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