When you have a stubborn clogged drain that’s going slow, you can definitely have a lot of frustration. But what you may not know is that before you call a local plumber there are plenty of things you can try before you make the call that are safe and effective ways. No, it’s not loading your drain with chemicals that can cause more problems. You also don’t want to run your own pipe snakes either, without knowing what’s causing the clog, as this can cause issues like broken sewer pipes, and much more. In this guide, we’ll give you some tips that you can use to possibly clear those annoying clogs.
Try Baking Soda and Vinegar
Try filling the drain with baking soda and then poor white vinegar down the drain (if you want, you can use apple cider vinegar which has a little higher acidity level and can help to eliminate problems like clogged drain from hair, other corrosive slimes, and more. Then you just flush it the next day with hot or boiling water.
Try Boiling Water
You can boil a large pot of water and try pouring hot water down, which can help to quickly get rid of things like food grease, and even food particles. If you do this a few times, you may be able to dislodge the clog. Another thing you can do if boiling water is standing is to use a plunger (be careful to not burn yourself) and plunge the water down the drain.
Straightened Wire Hangers
You can use an old hanger that you open up and straighten (just bend the end about ¼ of an inch to make a little hook-like shape to catch anything). You can easily do this and get rid of things like hair. Don’t try to force the hanger down the drain though, or you could be stopping the pipe up more.
Get a Wet/Dry Shop-Vac
Using a wet/dry chop vac can help a lot too. Create a nice little seal over the drain (if you have dual sinks, use the plug in the other one to make an air-tight seal), and then turn the vacuum on. You want to make sure your vacuum has a powerful enough suction though in order to try it. This may not actually get rid of anything.
You can purchase caustic soda, or sodium hydroxide at just about any home hardware store. This method can be dangerous, so you want to make sure that you wear rubber gloves and some safety glasses or goggles (use proper PPE to protect your skin from splatter). Pour a few cups of sodium hydroxide into about 3 quarts of cold water. As the solution starts to fizz, it’s going to heat up. Pour it down the drain and after 30 minutes, flush the drain with hot water as often as you need.
When all of any of these methods don’t work, you may want to get a plumber involved like CorePlumbingSD Unclog It. They’ll have the tools necessary to help you remove the clog or find out if the problem may be deeper than just right inside of your drain (sewer pipes for example can get clogged or crushed and cause air pockets that can make your drains run slower). Be sure to give a licensed plumber a call if you have any problems beyond this point when it comes to slow drains if you don’t have the tools necessary to fix the problem yourself.