How to Unclog Drains Easily

| 6/28/2018 9:48:00 AM

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Back when I was single and lived in an all-female household, the answer to a clogged drain would be simple: Pick up the phone and call a plumber. These days, however, I can usually deal with clogged drains myself — it saves us a bundle, not to mention that few professionals would actually venture out here.

The simplest and most obvious thing is prevention: try not to let your drains get mucky in the first place. Clean plates thoroughly before placing them in the sink, especially plates with lots of fatty or oily residue, and try to catch hair and other gunk before it slides down your bathroom drain. 

It is preferable not to let a drain clog completely, but deal with it as soon as you notice draining gets a little slow. The sooner you get to treating the problem, the less likely it is you’ll have to revert to harsh measures. Here are some simple methods that nearly always do the trick:

Boiling water. Things don’t get simpler than this; boil a kettle of water and pour it down the drain all at once. Often it’s enough to clear up whatever is blocking the drain. Run the tap for testing. 

Baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Pour some baking soda down the drain and top off with vinegar and hot to boiling water. This should start a nice fizzy reaction that does wonders at clearing drains. You can even do that once in a while on a regular basis as a preventative measure.

Susanne Susannadanna
1/7/2019 10:52:08 PM

Is the lye option (none of the others have worked) okay for old cast iron pipes? House was built in 1946.

Susanne Susannadanna
1/7/2019 10:52:06 PM

Is the lye option (none of the others have worked) okay for cast iron pipes?

1/2/2019 10:19:49 AM

Don't forget to absolutely wear eye protection when working with lye. When it contacts hot water it can splutter, boil and splash. You can easily be blinded permanently!

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