5 More Ways to Unclog a Drain

More Things to Try Before Calling Our Plumbing Company

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A couple years ago, we wrote a blog titled “7 Ways to Unclog a Drain” to give homeowners a few tips on how to unblock their pipes before having to call our Exton plumbing experts. Well, we’ve heard from many that these methods have helped, so we decided to offer a few more ways to unclog your drain:

1. Water & Salt

Pour a few cups of boiling water down your drain, then follow it with a two tablespoons of Epsom salt. Let it sit for a minute, and follow with another few cups of boiling water. The water and salt mixture should help break up the clog.

2. A Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you own a wet/dry vacuum, you could actually try to suck the clog up and out of the drain. Position the vacuum nozzle over your drain and create as tight a seal as possible. Then, turn your vacuum on and to the “wet” setting.

3. Unscrew Your Trap

Place a bucket underneath your sink pipes to catch any water that may leak out. Then, unscrew your trap (the curved pipe) and clean it out. If the clog is in the trap, you’re all set. If not, use a a drain snake (see #6) or a solid tubular object to push the clog down through the drain and out the open pipe.

4. Alka-Selzer

Alka-Selzer has a similar fizzing effect as the vinegar & baking soda method we described in our first blog. Drop a few tablets of Alka-Selzer down the sink, then follow it with one cup of vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes, then flush with boiling water.

5. Drain Snake/Auger

If you’ve tried a few other methods and they’ve all failed, you may need to invest in a drain snake (or “auger”). Push the drain snake down the drain and rotate the handle clockwise as you do so. Once you feel resistance from the clog, continue to maneuver the snake clockwise and upward until you can feel it pull the clog up and out the drain.

Bonus: Drain Refresher

To keep your drain free from odors and clogs, make a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it sit for a minute. Then, pour boiling water down the drain and turn your faucet on. Let the hot water run for a minute, then switch it to cold water for a minute. Do this monthly to keep your drains clean!

If all else fails, give our Exton plumbing experts a call!

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