It’s one of those pesky things that can happen to any sink or drain in your home. What happens is that it gets clogged and does not drain properly. Whether it’s your bathtub or your kitchen sink, it’s extremely frustrating to have water pooling because it doesn’t go down the drain. But many homeowners don’t like to use harsh chemicals or drain cleaners, so here are gentler ways to clear your clogged drain.
3 Tips to Clear Your Clogged Drain Without Chemicals
1. Vinegar and baking soda.
You will need a half cup of baking soda, a half cup of vinegar, and gloves for this technique. The first step is to put on the gloves and remove any hair or gunk that is stuck in the drain since this will make the mixture more effective. Plus, this mixture will not be able to dissolve hair, so you will have to remove that with a gloved hand.
Next, mix the baking soda in a measuring cup and pour it into the drain. If the drain is wet then some of the baking soda may dissolve, but that will not affect the process. Next, pour half a cup of vinegar into the measuring cup and then slowly start pouring it into the drain. Allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. During that time, you should boil some water to pour down the drain. Lastly, run your faucet to rinse away the mixture.
This method is not effective for clearing heavy clogs and should be used sparingly since it can cause damage to pipes. It also will not remove grease in kitchen sinks, even though it causes a strong chemical reaction. However, for many applications, it’s just right. If the baking soda and vinegar method do not work for you, there are other steps that you can take.
2. Use a plunger.
As mentioned before, while using vinegar and baking soda may be effective in some cases, when there are food particles or other objects stuck in your pipes, then you may need to use another method. The P-trap, which is the curved pipe under your sink, is a particularly hard part to clear when solid objects get stuck. Using a rubber plunger may do the trick.
You will want to clear the surrounding area in case of any yucky water splashes out. Then you want to fill your sink up halfway with warm water and start plunging. The suction will dislodge the food particles and either bring them up or allow them to pass through the pipe. Finish by rinsing the drain with hot water.
3. Use a wire clothing hanger.
It can be hard to reach solid objects that are in your drain, including hair and food. According to a professional Miami plumbing company, using a plumber’s snake can help you gain access to a clog deep in your drain and pull it out.
Fortunately, you don’t need to run out and buy a plumber’s snake. If you have a wire clothes hanger, then that will suffice. Straighten the hanger by untwisting the wire just below the hook. Make the hook more narrow by bending it inward so that it can fit inside your drain. Push down into the drain until you feel resistance. Rotate a few times and then slowly pull it back out to dislodge the clog!
Proceed to clear your clogged drains by following these tips. However, if you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more interesting and practical articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.