3 Do-It-Yourself Tips for Clearing a Clogged Drain

Posted on: 16 January 2017

Suddenly finding your kitchen or bathroom sink backed up with a clog is a great way to throw a sledgehammer into your plans for the day. But before you throw an actual sledgehammer at your sink, you should know that there are a few other items you likely already have around the house that might be able to get you out of this predicament. For the best drain cleaning results, you can't go wrong with hiring a local plumber, but if you want to go the do-it-yourself route, here are three potential solutions to your problem.  

Use Your Favorite Soda

Is the sink so clogged that almost no water is draining at all? If anything you pour down the drain is just sitting there, this might be the perfect environment for a little soda pop action. Yes, that's right, soda. Soda pop has phosphoric acid in it, and this substance is surprisingly good at cutting through grease and other gunk. Pour a 2-liter down the drain and just let it sit. After a while, dump some hot water down the drain and see if the acid has done its job.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you want to create a more explosive solution to the problem, just reach for a box of baking soda and a bottle of white vinegar. Just like in your high school science class, it's time to make a bit of a mess. Start by dumping about half a box of baking soda down the drain. Then, pour the vinegar down after it with one hand while you hold a drain stopper with the other. As soon as you start to see the bubbles coming up the drain, stop pouring and put the stopper in place. Vinegar mixed with baking soda creates a large amount of foam and the point here is to keep the explosion down within the drain itself. With a little luck, you'll create enough pressure to dislodge whatever is causing the problem.

Bent Wire Hanger

If the drain is still clogged, it might be time to go fishing and see if you can physically pull something out of the drain. Simply grab a wire hanger and create a hook on end. Put it gently down the drain until you feel some resistance. Gently try to hook whatever you find and pull up. Be careful not to push the obstruction further down into the drain. 

If you have a clogged drain, there are a variety of products within your home that may help you fix the problem without having to call a plumber. Baking soda and vinegar and even that 2-liter of soda pop in the fridge can be surprisingly effective at removing a clog. If after trying all options you still have a problem, reach out to a professional contractor for assistance.