A clogged drain is a nuisance, no doubt. A toilet that won’t flush or a sink or tub that won’t drain can certainly put a damper on your day. Before we look at home remedies to clear a clog, let’s discuss ways to prevent a clog in the first place:
1. Place a strainer over each drain. This will catch food, hair, and other items before they enter the drain.
2. Keep drains and pipes clear of buildup by running hot water after every use. This will help wash away any residue and keep water flowing freely!
3. Baking soda and vinegar are great natural cleaners. Add these to your drain, followed by hot water, to keep it free of clogs.
Sometimes, though, despite our best efforts, we find ourselves standing ankle-deep in water when we step into the shower, or scrambling to shut off the water when the toilet is about to overflow. Here are some simple ways you can try to clear a clog without using potentially harmful chemicals or hiring a professional:
1. Use hot water with a little salt added to break up a clog.
2. A combination of baking soda and vinegar can also do the trick. Let the mixture foam in the drain for a few minutes and then rinse it out with hot water.
3. Use a drain snake to remove the clog. A closet auger has a hooked or bristled end that can grab onto the clog and pull it out.
4. A plunger can clear a clog. Just make sure you choose the right one for the best results. Cup plungers work best for sink and tub clogs; flange plungers are the right tool for toilet clogs. Remember to add some standing water, if necessary, to get maximum suction.
5. If none of the above works, and you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to remove the drain pipe to get at the clog. A common place for clogs to form is in the U-shaped piece of pipe called the P-trap. Place a bucket under the P-trap, twist off the nut at each end of this piece of pipe, remove it and clear the clog manually. (Metal pipes might require an adjustable wrench or other tool to remove the P-trap.)
If you try the home remedies and still can’t clear the clog, you know what to do—hire a Brenneco professional to take care of the problem for you!