On a typical evening, you come home from work, eat your dinner and you start washing your dishes. Then, suddenly all the water gets collected in the sink and you realize that your drain is clogged. It happens to even the best of us and it is the most infuriating things when you just want to go to bed after a long, tiresome day.
Any plumbing fixture in your house, from your kitchen sink to your bathtub, can get clogged. The most common causes of blocked drains are hair, food particles, grease, plastic, toilet paper, debris, and the list goes on. But don’t worry, a clogged drain is not impossible to fix, however, it can take some time depending upon the nature of the problem. Here are 6 easy ways to fix a clogged drain-
1. Pour Boiling water
It is about as easy as it gets. Just boil a kettle full of water or on a stove and pour it in the drain in phases. Let the boiling water settle for some time in between the pouring sessions. This works almost every time, as it helps in dissolving fats and grease and also soap scum in your blocked drains.
2. Use a Bent Wire Hanger
It is time to put on your creative pants and get crafty with your hanger. Take an ordinary wired hanger that is probably lying in the back of your closet getting all rusty, and straighten it out as much as possible. Make a hook on one end of the hanger and use it as a fisher’s rod and start fishing for the nasty stuff. Remember to pull it out with all the gunk, as you don’t want to push it down even deeper.
3. Salt and Baking Soda
Mix equal parts of baking soda and salt (half cup salt and half cup baking soda) and pour the mixture down the drain. Let it settle for a few hours to work its magic, preferably overnight. In the morning, pour boiling water down the drain. This works most of the time. However, you can do it again if it did not work the first time or try a different technique, as the problem is clearly bigger than you think.
4. Drain Snake
Drain snakes are also known as plumber’s snake. It is a long flexible coil, also called an auger, that rotates as it is pushed down the drain. It helps to clean blocked drains filled with all sorts of nasty stuff like hair, soap scum and debris. There are motorized drain snakes as well used by plumbers mainly when a manual drain snake fails to work.
5. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix 1 cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda. It will immediately start to fizz up. Waste no time and pour it down your clogged drain. Let it sit for a few hours. After some time has passed, pour down boiling water down the drain. It will clear your blocked drains right up.
6. Dish Detergent
In the case of a clogged toilet, you can use dish detergent to clean it. Pour half a cup of dish detergent in the drain and add boiling water to it. The dish soap acts as a lubricant to break down the greasy residue. After this, use a plunger to get all the gunk out. If the plunger doesn’t work, then put on your rubber gloves, toughen up and get to work.
Blocked drains can be very irritating. They can be fixed easily, but require some effort. One can usually do it themselves in most cases, but if nothing works, it is always advisable to hire plumbing services who know what they are doing with the right tools and equipment.