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Easy Ways to Clear a Drain Clog

No matter how careful you are about preventing them, clogs occur every now and then for most people. More serious clogs may require a plumber's expertise, but many can be fixed with a DIY solution. In this post, we will talk about the different ways you can clear a clog yourself.

Use a Tool

If you have any of these items at home or do not mind a quick trip to the store, you may have an easy way to unclog your drain. The following tools can be used to get your sink or shower draining as it should:

  • Plunger: First, fill the tub or sink with some water and place the plunger over the drain. Then, use quick plunging motions to clear the clog. Remove the plunger every few minutes to see if it's cleared and the water drains down naturally.
  • Snake: Snakes are made of wire or plastic and are long and thin with a knotted part at the end. The knotted part goes down the drain first. Keep feeding the snake into the drain until it won't go any farther, then twist it around to entangle its head with the blockage. Pull it back out, and dispose of whatever was clogging the pipe.
  • Wire hanger: A more rudimentary yet effective method, a wire hanger can work similarly to the snake. Unwrap the hanger but leave the hook in its shape and feed it down the drain. Once you hit the clog, you can wiggle it around to get the hook around the clog and then pull it back up.

If these tools don't work or if you want a less hands-on solution, try one of these homemade de-clogging solutions.

Make a DIY Clogging Solution

Using these simple items you likely have around your home can be just as effective at unclogging a drain as any tool:

  • Boiling water: This is the simplest solution. Fill a kettle or pot with water and bring it to a boil. Pour it slowly down the drain in bursts and check in between each one to see if the water pushes the clog apart and down.
  • Baking soda and vinegar: Pour half of a box of the baking soda down the drain without adding any water. Add a half cup of vinegar and put something over the drain. Wait half an hour and then pour boiling water into the drain.
  • Dish detergent: For a clogged toilet, pour a quarter cup of dish detergent into the bowl and then pour hot water over it. Use a plunger. Just as dish soap gets the greasy gunk off of your pots and pans, it can help dislodge a greasy clog in the pipe.

If you have tried several of these DIY solutions without any luck, you'll need to call a plumber. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse for one of our licensed plumbers to get your plumbing clear in no time.