- DIY Drain Cleaning Tips -
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Having a clogged drain pipe is the worst. You wait for the water to go down, and you wait, and you wait. Eventually, you realize that it’s not happening, or at least it isn’t happening fast enough for your liking. What could be down there this time? You think about heading out to the store for some Liquid-Plumr, but that stuff is so expensive. Isn’t there a cheaper way to unclog the drain. Maybe some amateur plumbing secrets? Well, as a matter of fact, there are. Here are a few great ways to unclog a drain pipe using the following clogged drain home remedy.
While it may sound boneheaded, water makes a rather good weapon in the plumbing war. If the drain pipe is only somewhat clogged, water pressure itself may be enough to remove the clog. For instance, if the clog is in your bathtub, fill the tub up with around 30 gallons of water. This pressure will provide enough emphasis to remove a small clog from the drain. If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again.
Most people have vinegar already hanging around in their kitchen cabinets. You can clear a clogged drain by combining baking soda and salt with vinegar to make a nice homemade drain cleaner. Pour the mixture down the drain and you’ll be participating in one of the most natural plumbing solutions there is. Cover the drain with a towel to keep the mixture from coming back out. Wait a half hour or let the drain cleaning mixture sit overnight. Then pour some boiling hot water down the drain. For even medium sized clogs, this solution will often do the trick.
Use a Plunger
Most of you are probably used to bringing out the plunger to unclog the toilet, but it can work just as well on other clogs as well. Purchase a smaller sized plunger and keep it exclusively for kitchen sink use. You’ll find that more often than not it is more than capable of removing even the toughest clogs, especially when used as part of an unclogging regimen that uses all of the above suggestions.
If none of the above recommendations work, try using a drain cleaner chemical that has a good reputation for unclogging most types of drain pipes. Naturally, there will be situations when neither a natural or chemical remedy will unclog a drain. In this instance, you should always contact a skilled clogged drain plumber. Attempting to solve the problem yourself could result in pipe and drainage damage. It may be costly, but it is usually the most cost-effective option in the long run.
Contributing Guest Writer: Aliyah Arthur