Does your sink take longer to drain, or water pools up around your feet during showers? And, do you smell nasty odours whenever you walk by your sink? If yes, then you surely have a clogged drain that you need to unclog before it leads to a full-fledged blockage. The first thing you must have probably done is removed the excess hair or used a plunger, but sometimes, this is not enough. If that happens with you, then you should try the following home remedies to unclog your drain.
Pour Some Boiling Water
The easiest way to unclog a clogged sink is pouring some boiling water down the drain. To make this even more effective, you can use dish detergent to soften up some of the hardened grease and then pour boiling water. Remember to pour it down slowly, in two or three stages, so it gets time to work on the tough grease build-ups.
Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar (or Salt)
Boiling water only works on grease and grime that is formed loosely on the drain surfaces. So if it doesn’t work for you, then you can try mixing ⅓ cup baking soda with ⅓ cup vinegar. Since it will be a fizzy mix, you should pour it down the clogged drain quickly. The fizzing will remove gunk, hair, and grease. It is a good idea to let the solution sit for a few hours to work its magic.
However, if you do not have vinegar on hand, then you can use salt instead. Here, mix ½ cup table salt with ½ cup baking soda, and then pour it down the clogged drain. It works similarly to baking soda and vinegar mix, but it might not be as effective. You can then pour a litre of boiling water to clean everything perfectly.
Turn Wire Hanger Into a Hook
If even that doesn’t work, then you probably have something stubborn inside the drain. Here, the best solution is to pull it out. Wire hangers have many uses, and you can use it here as well. Take a metal wire hanger, straighten it out, and bend one end to create a small hook. Then, push the hook down the drain and slowly fish out all the gunk and hair. Remember to pull out the gunk instead of pushing it in as it can lead to further clogging.
Get Creative with a Vacuum Cleaner
If none of those methods work, then it’s time to get creative. If you have a wet-and-dry vacuum, then set it to vacuum liquids, and then put the nozzle down the drain. To avoid creating a mess, use an old plunger head to create a seal over the drain, and then turn on the vacuum cleaner. It usually works in sucking out the grime and grease, but do note that it can get a bit messy.
Call a Professional Plumber
These are just a few home hacks that you can try. But it isn’t necessary that these tips will work for your home drains. Sometimes, the clogs are stubborn, and that’s when it is safer to call a professional plumber who can use professional tools to unclog your drains without creating any mess or causing any damage. Hence, contact PenTech Plumbing, a licensed plumbing service provider in Ottawa, and we will dispatch our highly skilled plumber to your house.