How to Unclog a Drain and Keep It Flowing
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How to Unclog a Drain and Keep It Flowing
Apr 07, 2022

How to Unclog a Drain and Keep It Flowing

It's never fun to find yourself standing knee deep in water after taking a shower just because your bathroom floor drain is blocked, or dealing with a clogged kitchen sink that won't drain.

Clogged drains is one of the most unpleasant plumbing problems anyone can experience. Apart from causing foul odors in your house, clogged drains can create unsanitary conditions and make it difficult to perform routine household tasks like washing dishes and bathing.

Below are simple ways to unclog a drain and keep it flowing.

Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain

This is the simplest and least expensive solution to a minor drain clog caused by soap scum, grease buildup, and other debris that can be dislodged with boiling water.

Start by removing the standing water using a mug, and then pour a kettle of boiling water into the drain opening. The boiling water should loosen the blockage almost immediately and dislodge the clog.

If boiling water doesn't dislodge the clog after several attempts, you may be dealing with a stubborn clog, and it’s time to try another method.

Plunge Away the Blockage

A plunger can come in handy for getting rid of drain clogs. To unclog drain clogs with a plunger, follow these steps:

  • Remove any cover from the drain and fill your sink half full. For floor drains in places like bathrooms, let the faucet run until there’s about an inch of water.
  • Place the plunger over the drain opening to create a tight seal around the plunger.
  • Pump the plunger up and down quickly several times.
  • Repeat the process several times and see if the water drains. If the clog doesn’t clear, try a different method.

Pour A Mixture of Vinegar and Baking Soda

This combination can help clear drain clogs. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda chews through the gunk and grime that has built up in the pipe. Simply mix ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda and pour the mixture down the drain. Let the mixture sit for several hours, then flush the drain with boiling water.

Use A Plumbing Snake

If the clog is too deep or too stubborn to dislodge with a plunger, you can try using a plumbing snake. To unclog a drain using a plumbing snake, follow these steps:

  • Insert the end of the snake into the drain opening and gently crank the handle so that the snake descends down the drain.
  • Keep pushing the snake into the drain until you reach the blockage.
  • When you reach the blockage, rotate the snake to either break it up or have the tip of the snake attach to the clog so that you pull out the clog.
  • Flush the drain with hot water after pulling out the clog.

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