As a homeowner, drain clogs are about the most frustrating things you can deal with. Not only do they happen fairly frequently, but getting rid of them can be a huge pain. You may have seen a wide selection of chemical drain cleaning and clog removal fluids at your local home improvement store, but the truth is these chemicals usually do far more damage to your plumbing than you might think, meaning you’re actually creating new problems in order to solve a different one. Instead, you may be able to find natural unclog methods using ingredients or materials that you most likely already have in your home. On this blog, we’ll take a look at four simple, household solutions to drain clogs that may actually help you get rid of the problem for good.
Drain Unclogger #1: Boiling Water
The simplest and sometimes most effective way to get rid of a clog in your sink is to simply blast it scalding hot water. Take a large pot, put it on the stove, and bring it to a boil. Then carefully pour it down the drain. The scalding hot water will melt away a number of different substances that cause debris to stick together and form a clog, potentially causing the clog to essentially dissolve and flow away down the drain. You might be surprised to find out how well this works!
Be warned, however: if your home has PVC drain lines, do not use this method. Likewise, this method won’t work if your sink is already full of water that won’t drain away because of a clog. Make sure your sink is empty before trying this and be extremely careful when handling hot water.
Drain Unclogger #2: Plunger
If you have a toilet, you need to have a plunger. However, a plunger can do more than unclog toilets: it can dislodge sink clogs too! If you’ve got a completely-stopped drain, simply remove any drain stoppers that might be blocking it then fill the sink with enough water to completely cover the top of the suction cup on your plunger. Then stick the plunger over the drain and use the same motion you would with your toilet. The sudden changes in pressure on both sides of the clog could eventually dislodge it and carry it away.
This method only usually works on bathroom and other sink drains, however. It won’t work on your kitchen sink if you have a garbage disposal installed.
Drain Unclogger #3: Coca-Cola
Believe it or not, some of our favorite soft drinks are actually extremely corrosive. While this does make them unhealthy, it also makes them exceptionally good drain cleaners. A good soda for the job is going to be a cola (name-brand Coca-Cola works best) that’s not of the diet variety. You want it to be as harsh as possible. Simply pour the cola gently down your clogged drain and let it sit for a few hours. The cola should immediately start dissolving the clog and potentially even dislodge it entirely. After a couple hours have passed, simply rinse out the drain using some hot water and you should find it’s clear again. This is a much less abrasive and dangerous alternative to chemical drain cleaners.
Drain Unclogger #4: Baking Soda & Vinegar
Remember your middle-school science project where you built an erupting volcano out of paper mache? The chemical reaction you used to get it to “erupt” is the same reaction that could actually help you naturally annihilate a clog and get your sink working again.
The process is simple: pour about half a cup of baking soda down your drain and let it sit for a few minutes so it can settle. Then pour a mixture of one cup vinegar, one cup of extremely hot water down the drain and quickly cover it with a drain plug. Let this mixture sit for five to ten minutes, or perhaps even longer if you have a large drain. You really want to let the mixture do the work.
After time has passed, unclog the drain and pour a pot of hot water down the drain and you should find that your clog has disappeared and been flushed away!
Professional Drain Unclogging Services
The truth is that while these solutions may help get your drain moving once again, the only way to truly get rid of the problem and make sure it won’t come back again anytime soon is to have your drain cleaned by a professional. The Charlotte plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte have extensive experience handling drain clogs of all shapes and sizes, and can offer you high-quality drain cleaning and clog removal services using state-of-the-art tools and the latest techniques. We take the care and maintenance of your home seriously, and our results-oriented approach goes above and beyond to exceed your expectations and obtain your complete satisfaction.Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte today at (704) 842-9508 to request a drain cleaning or unclogging service!