Have you ever had a drain clog up somewhere in the house, leaving you unsure of what to do? Whether a leaky sink faucet or a backed up shower drain, clogged drains are never fun. Maybe you had to call an expensive plumber and watched them solve the problem in a matter of minutes, leaving you wondering what they did and how you could have solved the problem on your own, leaving your wallet just a bit fatter. Dealing with sewage and plumbing issues is always exasperating, and if there’s a way to save the cost and hassle of getting a professional out to the house to fix the problems, it’s most likely worth it. So, next time you’re dealing with a clogged bathroom drain, follow the simple steps below to see if you can solve the issue before resulting to calling a plumber.
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Drain Clearing Process
Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.
Dump in about a half a cup of baking soda, and let this sit for 3-5 minutes.
Pour a mixture of one cup vinegar and 1 cup boiling water down the drain over the baking soda.
Cover the drain with a plug, if you have one (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface), and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Flush out the vinegar and baking soda one more time with another pot of boiling hot water.
Detailing the Process
This drain treatment will loosen any grimy sludge or debris that is clogging the inside of your drain and causing it overflow or drain too slowly. The hot water and baking soda alone will help to pry away the residue sticking to the inside of your drains. Furthermore, the addition of vinegar will create an explosive reaction with the baking soda that will jolt any remaining waste from the pipes to be drained away. Finally, one lasting wash with boiling water will help to flush everything out and make your pipes as good as new. You’ll be your own plumber and save yourself quite a bit of time and energy in the process.
This process can be used throughout the house, not just in the bathroom where shower drains and sink drains seem to get the worst of it, but also in kitchen drains, outdoor drains, etc. Get into the habit of trying this technique before resorting to calling a plumber. If this doesn’t work, then a plumber may be in order, but you’ll never know how much money you might have saved if you don’t give this a try first. And after all, it’s a quick and easy process that will only take you a few minutes to complete!