Clogged drains can be a major inconvenience, but fortunately, there are a number of ways you can try to unclog them yourself.
Here are some steps you can take to try to clear a clogged drain:
1- Unclogging using Hot Water:
This method is often effective for small clogs.
- Boil a pot of water, and slowly pour it down the drain.
- Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water.
- You can combine this method with baking soda and vinegar method to open the clogged drain deep in the pipe.
2- Unclogging using Baking Soda and Vinegar:
- Typically, the ratio of baking soda to vinegar to clean a drain is one-to-one (1:1).
- Combine 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vinegar in a measuring cup.
- Pour the mixture down the drain, and let it sit for a few hours.
- Then, flush the drain with hot water.
3- Unclogging Drains with Plunger:
- If the clog is in a sink or toilet, you can try using a plunger.
- Place the plunger over the drain, and push down and pull up quickly several times to create suction.
- This may help to break up the clog and allow it to flush down the drain.
4- Unclogging Using Snake Wire:
- If the above methods don’t work, you may need to use a drain snake.
- This is the best home remedy for clogged drains with hair.
- This is a long, flexible tool that you can insert into the drain to try to remove the clog.
- There are various versions of drain snakes available in the market.
- Follow the instructions that come with the snake to use it properly.
If none of these methods works, or if the clog is severe, you may need to call a plumber for further assistance. In the meantime, you can try to prevent future clogs by being careful about what you put down your drains (for example, avoid pouring grease down the drain) and regularly cleaning your drains with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
Remember, if you are unsure about how to unclog a drain or if you are not comfortable attempting to do it yourself, it is always a good idea to call a professional plumber for help.