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DIY Tips to Unclog Drains

Published on December 4, 2019

If your sink takes longer to drain or you see water accumulating near your feet in the shower, then these are the warning signs that indicate towards a clogged drain. It is also a sign that you must act fast to unclog them. However, despite these red flags, we often ignore the problem until it gets blocked altogether.

According to experts of Drain Cleaning in Sacramento, apart from removing the accumulated gunk from the surface of your drain, you can follow the DIY drain cleaning tips below before calling a plumbing professional.

Use the bent wire hanger

In this technique, all you need is a wire coat hanger stretched straight. Bend one end of it to create a small hook and then push it past the drain cover to start fishing for stuff such as hair, gunk, grime etc. Pull it out without pushing it further and the use boiling water to clean things up.

Use a solution of baking soda and vinegar

Take equal parts of baking soda and vinegar, ideally 1/3rd cup each. Mix the two and pour the bubbly mixture down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will remove all gunk and hair build-up that has accumulated in the pipe. Allow it to sit overnight and then use hot water to flush it all down. You can also add dry baking soda in the clogged drain and then pour vinegar on top of it.

Use the boiling water

This is the easiest and the quickest way to unclog the drain. Put the kettle on and boil the water as much as possible. Now slowly pour it down the drain very slowly, allowing it to work for several seconds before pouring again.

Use the caustic soda

Before you use this method, make sure you have eye protection and rubber gloves. Caustic soda, also known as Sodium Hydroxide, can really help in eliminating the gunk that has built inside your drainage pipe. Mix 3 cups of caustic soda in 3/4th gallon of cold water. Stir it well using a wooden spoon. As it begins to fizz, heat it up and pour the solution into the clogged drain. Leave it for 30 minutes at least before flushing it with hot water. You can repeat this process again, if required.

Clean the pipe

Empty a bucket and place it underneath the U-shaped pipe to collect all the spilling water. Bring out a plumber’s wrench and loosen the slip nuts located at both the ends of a pipe to help you finish the process by hand. When the trap is free, remove it and empty the contents in the bucket. You may also need to look for debris inside the pipe so make sure you have your gloves on. You can also use a toothbrush to get the gunk out. Rinse the trap with water and then put the pipe back together.

These are the easy DIY tips to unclog a drain. If all else fails, don’t hesitate to call a professional.

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