Stepping into a hot, steaming shower is a relaxing way to start (or end) the day. That is until you realize that instead of draining swiftly, water is beginning to pool around your feet – may be as high up as your ankles. Whether it forms slowly or suddenly, one thing is certain: the drain is partially clogged and it’s only going to get worse until some sort of remedy is applied.
Not sure what to do? These proven tips will help.
If you have a tea kettle, water, and a stove, you can unclog a drain. (Spoiler alert: who needs a tea kettle when any ol’ saucepan will do!) Pour boiling water down the clogged drain a little at a time, allowing the steaming liquid to cut through the clog between each pour. The high heat of the water will break up and dissolve the soap scum and other gunk that likely accumulated over time. But beware! Only use boiling water with metal pipes as it could cause the joints in PVC plumbing pipes to loosen.
Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 1/3 cup baking soda in a heat-resistant bowl or cup. Pour the solution down the clogged drain as soon as it starts to fizz and let sit for at least an hour. The chemical reaction will work its magic breaking up hair, gunk, and grime. When time is up, flush the drain with hot water from the tub faucet to help flush everything through the pipes.
Snake It Out
If boiling water or vinegar and baking soda don’t work, don’t call a plumber just yet. Use a screwdriver to unscrew or lift off the drain cover. Grab a plastic shopping bag or something waterproof to discard the debris in, put on a pair of rubber gloves, and straighten out a wire coat hanger, leaving a small hook on the end. Feed the hanger down the drain to lift out as much soap scum, hair, and other gunk as you can. Once you’ve fished out the last of it, pour boiling (or hot if you have PVC pipes) water down the drain and replace the drain cover.
That won’t work 100% of the time! (Sorry, we had our fingers crossed.)
The fact is, every now and then drain clogs become DIY resistant, and that’s when it’s time to contact the plumbing drain pros at Plumbtastic. There’s no clog tough or deep enough for our experienced team. And we’re ready to prove it now.