Got a sink drain that’s clogged, or a drain that empties very slowly? Try these natural methods to unclog your drain before you call a professional drain cleaner for assistance.
Pour Boiling Hot Water: A clogged sink is often caused by a build-up of grease, fat, and soap that sticks to the inside of the pipe and hardens. Pouring boiling water down the drain may soften or melt the goop and wash it away.
Use a plunger. Place a sink plunger (the kind with the shorter handle) over the drain and pump away until the clog clears. If you’re successful in breaking it up, rinse the drain with hot water for about a minute.
Make your own sink volcano: Pour one third cup of baking soda down the drain, then add one third cup of vinegar and quickly stop up the drain. This works in two ways: first, it causes a chemical reaction that can help break down the clog. Next, enough gas pressure should build up to help force the clog down the drain.
The ol’ coat hanger trick: Straighten out a coat hanger and stick it down the toilet or tub drain to fish out any hair, glop, or gunk you can. It’s a semi-yucky job, but it works. Once the coat hanger comes up with nothing more attached to it, flush the drain or toilet with a pot of hot water.
Okay, so you’ve tried them all and still, you’re left with a clogged drain, garbage disposal, or toilet – now what? Do what thousands of other area home owners do year in and year out, and contact Arnold & Sons Plumbing for assistance. We’re drain cleaning and repair specialists with all the resources and experience to get the job done to your complete satisfaction.