Putting just about anything into a drain can contribute to a severe clogging problem down the line. We all manage to ignore seemingly endless warning signs, especially if the issue is not that serious. Whether too much leftover food was put into the garbage disposal or if too much toilet paper was flushed down the toilet, those decisions will most likely come back to bite you later on.
Whether it’s a toilet that doesn’t flush or a sink that takes forever to drain, these are signs that you have a blocked drain. The good news is that there are quick fixes that you can try to help get rid of the blockage.
Easily Unblock Your Clogged Drain with These Quick Tips
There are easy unclogging remedies that use all-natural materials you can try. These home fixes are straightforward, and you will likely have everything you need at home with you already.
1. Use a Bent Wire Hanger
You might already have an idea of where this is going. First, you need to straighten out the hanger as much as you possibly can. Then plunge the hanger into your drain and try to get the blockage to come loose. If you can fish out the cause of the clogging, your hanger will emerge with all sorts of gunk, hair, and other things you would do well to remove from your drain. It is best to throw away your hanger after this.
2. Pour Boiling Water
In many cases, boiling water will do the trick in getting rid of drain obstruction. Sometimes, all the things caught in your drain and causing the blockage are held together by grease and other sticky substances. Boiling water will help melt the stickiness away and allow the clogged objects to get free. It is a good idea to pour water incrementally until you see an improvement with your drain.
3. Use a Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar
Mix a third of a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a third of a cup of vinegar. Alternatively, you can pour in the bicarbonate of soda first, followed by vinegar. You should see it fizz immediately after the two substances come into contact with each other. This fizzing will eliminate the sticky gunk and help the obstruction come loose and get successfully down the drain.
4. Sodium Hydroxide
Caustic Soda or Sodium Hydroxide can be an ultimate option that can help you get rid of clogged sinks and drains. Since it is a chemical, make sure you use caution while using it to avoid any harmful effects of Sodium Hydroxide. Always wear rubber gloves before using caustic soda. How to use it:
- Add 5 gallon of water (cold) into a bucket
- Add 3 to 4 cups of sodium hydroxide
- Stir it well using a wooden spatula
- Pour the mixture into the blocked drain
- Let it sit for half an hour
- Pour down the hot water
- Repeat the process (if required)
The caustic soda can remove the dirt, dust, and grime built up inside the pipe and also kills the microorganisms present in the clogged water.
5. Solution of Salt and Baking Soda
When you don’t have anything to deal with a blocked drain, you can go to the kitchen and make a mixture of salt and baking soda to get rid of this problem. Both work wonders when mixed as a cleaning solution.
How it works:
- Mix ½ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of table salt
- Pour inside the clogged drain
- Let it sit for half an hour
- Clear the pipe by pouring boiling water
The mixture of baking soda, salt, and hot water can remove some stubborn grime and dust and will unblock the drain.
6. The Wet & Dry Vacuum
A wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be an outstanding tool for blocked sinks and drains. You can use it to pluck all dust and dirt stuck inside the pipe.
First, set the machine to vacuum liquids. Don’t forget to cover up the vent. Then, tightly seal the drain and let the vacuum fetch the clogged dust with immense power. Though it doesn’t always work, you can try it once if you don’t have the wet and dry vacuum.
7. Dish Detergent
If your drain has been blocked because of hair dandles, and other stubborn dust, then it is good to use dish detergent available in your bathroom. You can use it to get rid of greased pipe in seconds.
How it works:
- Add ¼ cup of dish detergent in the bowl
- Add boiling water
- Pour the mixture down the blocked drain and let it break up the built-up grease and grime.
- Now pour the warm water to flush out all residues.
This is an amazing method because you don’t need any fancy product or expensive commercial cleaning products for unclogged drains/toilets/sinks.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
Many chemical drain unblockers are being sold to help you with these specific problems. However, you should stay away from these. They are extremely bad for the environment and your plumbing system. On top of this, there isn’t a hundred per cent guarantee that they would work.
If you have tried all the DIY methods mentioned above and still have a clogged drain, you should call a licensed plumber to come and solve the problem for you. Experienced plumbers will be able to zero in on the obstruction in the drain and successfully get rid of it without damaging the rest of your plumbing system. They are your best bet to getting rid of your drain blockage for good.
If you are looking for a licensed and insured professional plumber, contact Blocked Drains Fixed Today! We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to help you with blocked drains in the Sydney area.