We always put stuff in the sink which we know that we shouldn’t and the result are very often clogged drains in our kitchen or bathroom. Plumbing repairs can be costly and to be honest most of clogged drains can be fixed without dismantling the drainage system. Our advise is to skip the expensive plumbers and use these tips to easily fix clogged drains in your home. If your drain is that clogged that you need to dismantle it all together (which is very, very unlikely) the worst case scenario would be cleaning the site and dealing with the waste. Those solutions are tested and they will surely work, you only need to apply them correctly and be patient until the drain is unclogged.
Baking soda and vinegar
A simple solution to drain clogs is to pour a pot of boiling hot water down the drain, then add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes. Next, you will need to pour a combination of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water. Keep the reaction within the drain pipes by covering the drain with a plug. After 10 minutes, flush the drain with another pot of boiling hot water. These items cost next to nothing and there will be no dismantling of drain system and no need need of rubbish clearance after that.
Straighten out a wire hanger and then bend one end in the form of a small hook. Push the hanger past the drain cover and try to pull out any items clogging the drain. Remember to pull and not push items further down. Once you feel you have removed what you can, run hot water down to flush the drain.
Table salt and baking soda
If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, you can alternatively use table salt. Mix 1/2 cup of table salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Pour it down the clogged drain. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Pour boiling water down the drain to flush the system.
If baking soda is not your thing, dish detergent is a great alternative. Use 1/4 cup of dish detergent down the drain, plus some boiling hot water. Dish detergent cuts down on greasy residue, while the boiling hot water acts as a flush. Be patient with this method because dish detergent isn’t so strong as baking soda.
Coca Cola or Pepsi
Yes, you can use Coca Cola or Pepsi to remove clogs. Take a bottle of Coke or Pepsi on room temperature and dump it down your drain. Let it bubble or fizz and work its corrosive magic for an hour or two. The use hot water to rinse it all. You probably didn’t know that Coca Cola and Pepsi are loaded with goodies like phosphoric acid, which is more acidic than lemon juice! Phosphoric acid packs a punch when it comes to removing gunk from your drain and it’s especially effective at dissolving calcium!
These solutions barely cost anything and you can easily do this yourself. Most likely, you already have everything that you need in your home. Don’t let yourself get ripped off by a costly plumber. Instead, keep your home stocked with these simple ingredients to solve your clogged drains. If your drain is very clogged than you’ll probably need to help a little with the plunger in order to unclog the drain completely. If none of these solutions helped you (which is very unlikely) than you need to dismantle the “U-part” or the “trap” under your sink and try to clean it from there. If you have a garbage disposal then this solutions won’t work and you’ll need to check our Tutorial for unclogging the garbage disposal. Bottom line is that all the products for fixing clogged drains are as effective as one of these solutions and it’s really like throwing money down the drain.