Whether they are the result of a build-up of hair, food, debris or toilet paper, clogged drains are not fun to deal with. Maybe you have noticed your tub draining slower and slower each day or you have been ignoring that kitchen sink clog, hoping it would just disappear on its own.
The good news is that you might not need to call a professional plumber for every clog. There are plenty of ways you can clear a clog at home, and many of them call for items you already have.
Tips for How to Clear a Clog
Whether you are dealing with a toilet, kitchen sink or tub, here are few tips on how to clear your clogged drain.
1. Hot Water
Hot water is very effective at loosening clogs. Heat a pan of water and slowly pour it down your drain, allowing it to sit and loosen the clog. Just keep in mind that you never want to pour boiling water into a porcelain sink or into plastic pipes.
2. Baking Soda, Vinegar and Hot Water Mix
If hot water alone doesn't dislodge your clog, you can create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Combining one cup of baking soda with one cup of vinegar will create a "volcano" reaction in your drain. To encourage the reaction, cover your drain and leave it alone for about 30 minutes. Then, pour hot water down the drain to flush it out.
3. Dish Soap
If you are wondering how to clear a clogged toilet, try using some dish soap. Pour around 1/4 cup of dish soap into your toilet then allow it to sit for at least five to 10 minutes. Ideally, the soap will encourage the clog to slip down the drain. After it has been in there for a while, carefully pour some hot water down your toilet.
4. No Plunger, No Problem
While plungers are typically the first tool that homeowners reach for when they are dealing with a particularly difficult clog, there are plenty of other tools that are just as effective depending on the type of clog you are dealing with. Snakes work well for hair clogs in sink and shower drains, while closet augers can really break down built-up debris.
You can also get creative and use some items you have around your home. For example, straightening out one of your clothes hangers can be an effective DIY solution if you don't have a plunger or snake.
5. Prevent Clogged Drains
Of course, the best tip for dealing with clogged drains is prevention. Drain covers will catch hair and debris before they slip down the drain and into the pipe. Regularly running hot water down your drains can also help clear up any build-up that could lead to clogs.
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