One of the most common household problems is a clogged drain. While it can be an irritating, intimidating and inconvenient situation to handle, it doesn‘t have to be. Here are a few tips to help you through those moments you dread your drain.
Environmentally Friendly Methods
Increasingly, natural cleaning has become more popular over the years. If you’re looking for a natural, simple and cost effective way to combat a clogged sink, try baking soda. Baking soda has long been used as a multi-purpose household cleaner, and a nasty backed-up drain is no exception! Many of you probably already have it in your kitchen cupboards, and if not, it’s about $1.00 in stores. This is particularly useful for those of us who are pressed for time as it requires minimum effort. By following these easy steps on how to unclog a kitchen sink, you’ll be hassle free in no time.
- Pour a measured cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Immediately follow by pouring three to four cups of boiling water down the drain.
The solution should start to work to dissolve the grime and build-up. If this doesn’t seem to help, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain to boost the baking sodas performance and clear the clog. This method is particularly useful for shower drains, where hair can commonly build up. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar down your kitchen and bathroom drains, to consistently keep them clean and clog free. In keeping with green cleaning solutions to this problem, there are numerous eco-friendly drain products that are sold in stores. They’re affordable, so you won’t hurt your wallet or the environment.
Alternatively, a snake can be used. However, for many of us, this may require a certain technique and skill. Clearing a drain with a snake can sometimes be time consuming and difficult, but be patient! A snake can be difficult to maneuver once inside the drain. The shape of it can be awkward to handle and, in addition, you may not be able to see properly down the drain. Once placed down the drain, work the snake to loosen the clog and then pull up the grime, hair, etc.
The Plunger Method
A good old-fashioned plunger is a traditional method used to unclog toilets and unclog drains. Making it effective is its ability to quickly force the stubborn clog up and out of the pipe. This can be messy, but is efficient. Start by placing the plunger directly over the drain. Push down firmly, as this creates pressure that will help to lift the build-up out. Repeat until the drain becomes free.
Choose the method that suits you, as it’s all about preference and ease. Through these helpful tips, your clogged drain should no longer be a problem. One of the nastiest problems doesn’t have to be one of the hardest! If your clogged drain seems to be more of a serious issue, and all else fails, call a plumber!