Having the water not flush down the drain is annoying. Having the toilet not flushing away is frustrating. We all have been there. It is more frustrating if you don’t know what to do. Hence, we have compiled a list of advice and tips in helping you unclog a drain.
1. Using Boiling Water
Easiest and least expensive solution. Place a kettle or pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Remove as much standing water from the sink as you can, using a mug or small pot. Once the water is done boiling, pour it into the sink and wait. If the water stands in the sink and the clog doesn’t move, give the water time to cool and remove it to try again. This is the first step to take at unclogging a drain.
2. Bent Wire from Hanger
Take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it out. Then create a small hook with one end. Insert it into the drain and start searching for gunk. If there is, you should be able to hook them out of the drain. However, it is important to not push them further, but focus on pulling them up to you. Once done, run hot water, and it should clear things up.
3. Mixing Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix 1/2 a cup of baking soda with 1/2 a cup of vinegar. Pour it down the drain. The fizzing from the two chemicals will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime buildup. If possible, let it sit for one hour or even overnight. Then flush with hot water. Another way is to dump dry baking soda down the drain first, then pour vinegar.
4. Dumping Dish Detergent
Another method in unclogging a drain is to pour 1/4 cup of dish detergent to a bowl. Then add some hot water. The soap acts lubricant and helps break up grease. Pour the solution and use a plunger.
One other method is to open the P-trap and clean the debris The P-trap is at the curve of the drainpipe under the sink. Consider placing a bucket or bowl to catch and water dripping or debris when it dislodges. Remove the P-trap and clear out anything that is lodged in it. Afterwards, replace and flush some water through it.
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