DIY Plumbing Tips: Unclogging a Drain

DIY plumbing can help you save money, especially when dealing with minor issues.

All households experience plumbing problems every once in a while and there is really no way of escaping them. Fortunately, most of the plumbing concerns are also fairly easy to fix especially if you already know how to deal with the specific problems that arise such as clogged sinks and drains. Be advised, however, that clogged drains and sinks have varying causes and you might end up with the ones that you do not know how to deal with on your own.

Here, you will be educated on how to handle the most common clogs you might come across when it comes to kitchen sinks and bathroom drains. Remember, though, that if you have failed several attempts, you might have to call a professional plumber to help you fix the problem.

DIY Tactics to Try for Fixing a Clogged Drain

  • Clogged kitchen sinks or dishwasher drains can often be cleared using a plunger but if that does not work, you might want to try using a skewer snake to unclog it. A clogged sink is one of the most common plumbing problems and you can actually prevent this from happening by separating any food leftovers when you use your sink. Any food or materials that could clog the sink should be thrown in the garbage or trash can and not the sink. Dishwasher drains can also get clogged with debris and dirt and they are also as vulnerable to the same problem just like other water-using machines inside the house.
  • For the bathroom, the most common clog you will experience is the clogging of the bathroom sink and the shower drain. These clogs can normally be cleared by using a plunger but just like the blockages in the kitchen sink or drain, you can use a skewer snake if the plunger does not work. The bathroom sink does not often clog compared to the kitchen sink but it still happens. It is actually easier to unclog the bathroom sink than the kitchen sink because it can often be fixed using a plunger. What is difficult to deal with is the clogged bathroom drain. But you do not have to call the plumber right away to deal with this problem. It can often be fixed using things that you can find around the house or a few inexpensive tools. To prevent blockage of bathroom drain, always clear it from hair by picking it up and throwing it in the trash can.

You might also want to try homemade remedies in unclogging drains. A moderately clogged drain can be fixed by pouring ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup vinegar. Be careful though because these two ingredients interact with foaming and fumes so replace the drain cover loosely and let the concoction set for about three hours before running water on the drain.

If the drain is slow and you are aware that it’s because of grease you can treat it by pouring ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of baking soda followed by a teakettle of boiling water. Let it sit overnight to ensure that the grease dissolves properly.