So the next time you have an obstructed drain, give these 4 steps a try and see how well they work!
❶ Grab Your Plunger
Your plunger is there for a reason after all! It should be the first tool you turn to for clogs and blockages in drains and toilets. For sinks and tubs, simply fill the basin a quarter of the way with water, and then firmly plunge over the drain in repetitive up and down motions. Do this until the drain begins to clear and the sink begins to empty. If you have a double basin sink, you will need to block the other drain with a plug or towel. If this doesn’t seem to do this trick, move onto the alternative steps!
❷ Combine Baking Soda and Vinegar
Using the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar has been an age-old remedy for stubborn drains, as well as, cleaning grout, tile, and more. And that is because it is a powerful cleaning and clearing agent! First, empty all the water from the sink or tub basin. Then pour one cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Use a wooden spoon to pack it all the way down inside the drain. Follow up with one cup of distilled white vinegar and allow the mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Finish by running hot water from the faucet down into the drain for several minutes. If the clog still hasn’t cleared, repeat this step or move onto the next.
❸ Use a Cable Auger
We recently wrote a blog about choosing the right auger for plumbing clogs. In the blog, we expel how to select the proper auger for the particular type of clog you are experiencing. Keep in mind that using a cable auger is not for just anyone; you should be an experienced handyman or have experience using a cable auger. The process involves detaching certain plumbing pipes and connections. If you are not experienced with using a cable auger, then the last step is the right one for you!
❹ Call a Licensed Plumber
If the above three steps did not help your clog, contact a licensed plumber for professional assistance you can trust. They retain the proper permits, training, tools, and equipment to efficiently and effectively eliminate serious drain blockages, regardless of size or scope. Be sure to choose a company with extensive experience.