Unclog a drain

3 Tricks to Unclog a Drain

It’s happened to all of us. We’ve clogged a drain. We all put things down our sinks we shouldn’t. Over time, hair, waste, and other components cling to the sides of our pipes and backup. In worst cases, grease and other particles clog the drain completely leading to a slow down or backup that gurgles back up into the sink or bathtub. Let’s look at three tricks to unclog a drain before you call a plumber.

3 of the Best Tricks to Unclog a Drain

Use the Plunger

When you think about using a plunger, you typically think about the embarrassment that follows clogging the toilet. However, a plunger can be used to help loosen clogs in your drains. Here’s how to do it: Fill the sink with some water, block the other drain if you have a double sink, and then plunge over the drain rapidly. If the water drains, you’re in the clear; if the water doesn’t drain, you’ll need to try the next method.

Combine Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking Soda and vinegar have been used for decades to fight clogs. Empty any standing water in the sink, then toss a cup of baking soda into your drain. Pack it down as far as you can when possible. Then, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain and immediately put the stopper over the drain to avoid the mixture bubbling back up into the sink. Let the mixture sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then run warm water down the drain. If the warm water isn’t doing the trick, use four cups of boiling water down the drain. If it’s still clogged, you’ll need to move on to another trick.

Try a Cable Auger

If you’re a do-it-yourself or handyman, trying a cable auger can have positive results when unclogging a drain. However, if you have no experience with one, it’s time to call a plumber. If you’re confident in using it, you’ll want to get a bucket and detach the trap or J-joint under your sink. After removing the pipe, you’ll use the cable auger to slide down the rest of the pipe. When you hit the clog, you’ll spin the cable back to remove the clog. If this doesn’t work, calling a plumber is the best way to unclog your drain and prevent any damage to your sinks, pipes, and more.