4 Do-It-Yourself Tips To Unclog A Drain

It’s happened before. You know the signs. It starts with water draining just a little slowly in the sink; next thing you know, water is pooling in the shower. The smell of stagnant water lingers in your bathroom….It’s the dreaded clogged drain! But before you call us to do come out and fix it, you may wanna try these quick and easy fixes to unclog a drain yourself and save some green.

4. Boiling water

That’s not a typo; it’s really that simple. Boil as much water as your kettle will hold, and pour it down the drain in three stages. Allow several seconds between pours to allow the hot water to work. This is usually the easiest and quickest (and did we mention the cheapest?) way to unclog a drain.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

The same formula that powered your homemade volcano in the 6th grade science fair can also power your plumbing solutions! Just mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will instantly start fizzing, so immediately pour it down that clogged drain. That fizz will help remove gunk and grime that’s built up in your pipes. For the best chance to unclog a drain, let it sit for at least an hour, maybe overnight if you can. Flush your pipes afterwards with hot water.

2. Dish Detergent

This one is a great fix for a clogged toilet. Just grab some dish detergent and pour ¼ a cup into your toilet bowl. Then boil some water (again!). The dish soap acts as lubricant, breaking up your clog; just add boiling water to the bowl and start plunging!

1. The Power of Water Pressure!

This one is really fun and works great for a clogged bathtub. Just mix 1/3rd a cup of vinegar with 1/3rd a cup of baking soda and pour the fizzy mixture down the drain. Once it’s in, put the stopper over it. After about an hour, fill the tub completely with water, and then unplug the stopper. With a tub full of water, you’ll have enough pressure to dislodge the clog, which has already been loosened up by the baking soda mixture. If it needs just a little more muscle behind it, try plunging the drain. Hopefully these tips will help with those pesky pipes, but if you have a persistent clog, remember to call Curtis Plumbing! We’ve been in the business for 40 years, and no matter how big or small the job, we’re here to help with real, good, old-fashioned service!

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