The unpleasant odors, drains taking longer time to clear, water pooling around your feet from the drain vents etc. are all signs of facing the irritating and disgusting nightmare called clogged drain. Although disturbing but if not dealt with quickly, it can lead to worsening the misery by causing the drain pipe to burst leading to useless washroom, kitchen or bathroom for days to come. Here are 7 easy ways to deal with the clogged drains before resorting to the professional and expensive aid of emergency plumber.
These Are Tips To Unclog A Drain
Bent Wire Hanger
In order to make a bent wire hanger, take a normal wire hanger and straighten it out as much as possible. Then, bend one end of it to create a small hook like structure. When you push this tool into the drain, you’ll be able to get pull the clogs out created by washed out hair and other nasty stuff that are in the close proximity to the drain opening and in range of the hanger length. After that, run in hot water to clear the things up.
Mixture of Baking Soda And Vinegar
Pour in a fizzing mixture of 1/3rd cup baking soda and equal amount of vinegar down the clogged drain. The fizzing action helps to remove the gunk, grime and hair when kept overnight. On the next morning, flush with the pipe with hot water. If you are looking for a quicker solution for clogged drain of a frequently used sink or bathtub, pour down the above mentioned mixture into the drain and place a stopper over it. After an hour, fill the sink/bathtub with water and remove the stopper. The huge pressure of the water, subsequent to the treatment would dislodge the blockage. You could also try a drain snake in combination with the water pressure.
Prepare a solution of Caustic soda (chemically known as Sodium Hydroxide) by cautiously mixing 3 cups of caustic soda with 3/4th gallon of cold water. When it begins to heat up and fizz, pour it in the blocked drain and leave for it 20-30 minutes or an hour. Finally, flush it off by draining boiling water. Always use precautionary measures like wearing rubber gloves and eye protection, while dealing with this chemical as it can cause some serious chemical burns.
Mixture of Salt And Baking Soda
Mix half cup salt with equal amount of baking soda and pour it in the clogged drain. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. The chemical reaction produced by the mixture with boiling water will clear nastiest of blockages.
Mix 1/4th cup of dish detergent with some boiling water and pour it down the clogged drain. Then, pour in hot water and start plunging with a plunger or by hand, wearing rubber gloves. The dish soap acts as lubricant to disintegrate any greasy residue.
Wet And Dry Vacuum Cleaner
A wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be used as a excellent tool to suck clear the clogged drains. To try this, set the highest settings in the cleaner to vacuum liquids and then, cover up the opening and tightly seal the drain. You can also try an old plunger head in conjuncture with the vacuum cleaner. Turn on the vacuum cleaner to draw the clog causing materials up and through the pipe and into the collecting vacuum bag.
Lastly, the easiest and quickest method of them all is to use just hot water with some hand suction. Pour in boiling water slowly down the blocked drain in two to three stages. After each step of hot water pouring, fix the rubber head of a hand-suction on the vent of the drain and apply the suction for a minute or two. Repeat the steps to get effective results quickly. One more trick which is frequently used by the housewives is by using an empty bottle filled with water. The lid of the bottle needs to be tighten hardly, so that water may not come out during the procedure. Now, take the bottle and put it half in the blocked drain. Move the bottle with up and down action. This up and down action needs to be repeated frequently, till the time your drain is unclogged.
The mentioned procedures are some of the easiest ways to deal with the some of the most stubborn internal drain blockages by your own. For an external drain vent blockage, an old toothbrush is a good enough tool for getting a tough gunk out that has built up on the surface of the drain vent.