How To Clean Out A Clogged Drain Easily

Construction & Contractors Blog

Cleaning out clogged drains can seem pretty complicated, but the right techniques and knowledge can allow you to clear out any drain with tools that you already have in your home. Improper application of cleaning techniques can lead to quite a bit of frustration and wasted time. So here are a couple of the most common methods for removing clogs, along with some tips on how to maximize their effectiveness:

The Plunger

The most basic and obvious option is to get a plunger and work the drain until it opens up. However, many people make the mistake of not forming a seal with the plunger before starting. If there is no seal, then the plunger will be much less effective, since it will be unable to force air and water into the drain. Instead, some of that force will escape under the lip of the plunger, meaning that a significant portion of your efforts will be completely wasted.

To rectify this, you should try to add water to the drain until there is enough to cover the lip of the plunger. This will make a seal easier to form, which will ultimately increase the effectiveness of the technique.

You might also be wary about using a regular plunger on your sink, since plungers are quite awkward to utilize at such heights. On top of that, you might have some sanitary concerns about using the same plunger on your toilet and sink. Thankfully, there is a specific type of plunger that is perfect for such situations, and that is a bellows plunger. If you are intent on using a plunger to clean out your sink, then buying a bellows plunger can make that process a lot easier.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

You can also use a chemical solution to break up the clog, of which there are several different options. However, the safest option is to use baking soda and vinegar, which won't harm you and won't be too harsh on your drain. As far as amounts go, you will need up to 2 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar.

  • You will first want to add half a cup of baking soda to the drain and then wait 10-20 minutes to allow the baking soda to fill the water around the clog.
  • You will then want to add half a cup of vinegar to the drain along with a bit of hot water. This should lead to a rapid foam-like expansion.
  • Try to cover up the drain if possible, since this will force the majority of the reaction downwards and into the clog.

If the clog is still there after 20-30 minutes, then you can attempt the process again, increasing the amount of baking soda and vinegar each time.

If you still need further help with your clog, contact plumbing repair companies, such as Salinas & Sons Rooter Service


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.