Even without any plumbing skills, you can easily – and frugally – fix clogged drains and prevent clogs from happening again. But first, you have to know what may be causing your drains to clog.
There are a lot of things that causes clogged drains. First on the list are grease, hair and debris build up. Over time, pieces of soap and other debris accumulate in the drain hole, slowing down the flow of water and eventually stopping water flow altogether.
You can fix clogged drains and prevent clogs and foul smells on the cheap. Here are some DIY drain pipe cleaning tips to try:
1. Remove and clean the drain stopper
Remove the stopper and check for damage or blockage. Clear the drain stopper of any debris and then place it back into the drain opening.
2. Use plunger
If simply cleaning the stopper does not solve the problem, try using a drain plunger. The first thing to do is to remove the pop-up drain. Then seal up the seal up the overflow drain using a wet cloth. You can increase the suction power of your drain plunger by rubbing a handful of petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger. Put the plunger over the sink drain, and plunge up and down rapidly, repeating several times. Pour water down the sink, then repeat as necessary.
3. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Another cheap yet effective way to clear a clogged drain is using baking soda and vinegar. The first thing to do is to run boiling hot water down your drain. Throw in about a handful of baking soda, and wait for a few minutes. Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup hot water and pour it down the drain. If you have a drain plug, it’s best to cover the drain hole to keep the reaction from going up into the sink. Wait for about 10 minutes then run a pot of boiling water to flush down clogs.
That’s it- very easy and environment friendly. This method is a perfect solution for slow draining sink but is not intended to fix an extremely problematic drain.
Now you know different DIY drain pipe cleaning tips. If the thrift drain cleaner doesn’t work, it’s time to call your local plumber. Call Plumbers 911 at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) or 877-745-3257 (Washington DC) to schedule a service!
Now that you learned some DIY drain cleaning tips, it’s time to learn how to stop your drain from clogging in the future. Check out this article about sink drain clog prevention to learn how you can prevent your drains from clogging again.
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