DIY Drain Cleaning Tips that Work

What are some of the things you most hate doing around your house?  Wait, did someone say clearing a clogged drain or toilet?  Yep, we hear you loud and clear – in fact, we hear it from our customers all the time. Especially those who think that if it can’t be cleared with chemicals or a plunger, then it’s time to call a professional.

Well, for anyone willing to try, here are a few other effective drain clearing measures that don’t require a lot of time or skill; they also don’t require the use of harsh drain cleaning chemicals.

Slow Kitchen & Bathroom Sink Drains

A slow moving sink drain in your kitchen or bathroom typically indicates that something is stuck in the trap (the J-shaped piece below) or trap arm (the horizontal connection). 

To find out what’s going and, hopefully, remove whatever’s causing the clog, first  shut off the sink’s water valve to avoid a watery mess.  Then remove the trap arm and separate it from the trap so you can thoroughly clean out both of them along with the drain cap.  If that doesn’t take care of the problem, the clog is further down the drain line.  But before you give up and call Plumbtastic for assistance, first try snaking the drain – it won’t take long to achieve the desired result or discover you need to call us after all.

Clogs in Your Bathtub or Shower

You already know the cause: some combination of hair, soap, shampoo, and other personal care product residue that’s formed a blocking dam any beaver would be proud of.  If you have a removable drain cap, use a drain stick to pull out the gunk that, over time, has caused your tub or shower to stop draining.  Drain sticks are long, made of plastic, and have a comb or brush at one end designed to grab and hang onto any foreign matter inside the drain.  Just insert the stick, give it a few turns, and pull it back out – gunk and all.

The All-Natural Approach

Okay, so maybe you’re not all that handy or simply disinclined to try your hand at basic, hands-on drain cleaning.  Well, here’s another drain cleaning technique, one that won’t bring you up close and personal with the clogging material.  First, pour a cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by a cup of white distilled vinegar.  Let that mixture sit for a half hour, and then pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain.  More often than not, that will remove some or all of the clog.  If, however, water still isn’t draining as quickly as it should be, repeat the baking soda-vinegar-hot water process.

No Drain Can Resist our Cleaning Measures and Experience

We have yet to “meet” the drain that we can’t clear, repair or, when all else fails, replace.  So don’t pull your hair out – just pull out our number and give us a call:   Plumbtastic Plumbing & Rooter.  We’ll have that drain – any drain! – back to normal in no time.

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