A clogged drain is one of the most common household problems out there. You can see it happen slowly. You will first notice that the water goes down slowly. This is what happens before it become totally clogged. Before it becomes worse, you can help loosen the blockage and unclog the drain.
You don’t have to be a plumber to do this. All you need is some simple homemade materials and some elbow grease. After a few minutes of work, you can watch the water drain away.
But before you choreograph your victory dance, you will still have to get down and dirty and start working. So, here are some simple steps to help you unclog a drain.
- Get your materials ready. To unclog a drain, you are going to need some baking soda, vinegar, a screwdriver, a pair of rubber gloves, salt and hot water
- Prepare the sink. Start by taking out any standing water from the sink. You can empty the contents of the sink into a bucket.
- Take the drain off. Open the drain and look for any visible obstruction. If there are no visible blockages, the clog is deeper in the pipes. Proceed to the next step
- First mixture. Wear your rubber gloves to avoid contact with the skin. Mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of vinegar. Immediately pour the mixture down the drain. These two ingredients will quickly interact with each other and emit fumes. Be careful not to inhale these fumes.
- Second mixture. If the first mixture doesn’t work, the clog may be due to a build up of grease. To remove the grease blockage, mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt. Pour the mixture down the drain. Immediately follow the mixture up with a teakettle full of boiling water.
- Leave it alone. After pouring the mixture, leave it there for three hours for maximum potency. After three hours, pour water to see if the clog has been removed. If the clog was not removed with the first mixture, use the second mixture for full effect.
You see it was just that simple. With simple items you can find lying around in your house and just a little of your time, you can save hundred of dollars that would have otherwise been wasted paying to your plumber.