Did you notice that your sink drain takes forever to drain? Do you end up with so much water in the tub while taking a shower that you might as well take a bath? Does your bathroom smell a bit funky even after giving it a thorough rub? If the answer is yes, then you might have a clogged drain on your hands. You can remove the food particles or hair from the drain, employ your good ol’ plunger and try all sorts of chemicals, but sometimes none of these work. In that case, try these five easy steps to unclog your drains.
If you have a drain snake, don’t hesitate to use it. They are very easy to operate: just push them down your drain, twist to catch the debris and pull it out. Snake drains are made of steel wire that can bend around most pipes and reach most clogs. If you don’t have one already, they can be bought in almost every hardware store for less than £15.00
Coat hanger to the rescue
If you don’t have a drain snake, but need one right away, you can make your own improvised device out of regular wire coat hanger. Just straighten it out, bend one end to create a little hook, and push it down the drain. The hook will be able to fish out all sorts of hair and gross stuff out. Once you think you got everything out, flush your drains out with hot water.
Pro tip: always use the hook to pull stuff out, not push it further down your pipes.
One very easy homemade pipe cleaner is a mix of baking soda and vinegar. First, pour half a cup of baking soda down your drains and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of hot water and dump it down the drain, plugging it immediately. Baking soda and vinegar will react quite hard causing the gunk to loosen up. Flush your drains with water and your drains should be sparkling clean.
If you don’t have that much baking soda at hand, you can try this super easy trick. Get a big pot, fill it with water and boil it. Once the water is super-hot, pour it slowly down the drain. You can pour the water in stages, leaving a few seconds in between each pour. This will allow hot water to work and loosen up debris.
Many sodas can work wonders on clogged pipes, but those particularly effective are Coca-Cola and Pepsi. So, get a bottle of Coke or Pepsi (make sure it’s room-temperature) and pour it down your clogged drain. Let it sit for an hour or two and rinse with hot water. The phosphoric acid from the soda will corrode all the grime and give your pipes a good cleanse. Some people claim they work better than any chemical clog remover you can buy in stores, and they’re much cheaper as well.
Remove the drain pipe
Sometimes, home cleaners and drain snakes can’t really do the job, and you have to remove the drain pipe and unclog it manually. Usually, clogs are formed in the U-shaped part of your pipes called P-trap. This piece is quite easy to remove with only a couple of nuts keeping it in place. However, if you have metal pipes, you might need to use an adjustable wrench. Once you remove the part, take out all the gunk and make it nice and clean before returning it.
Pro tip: place a bucket under the pipe before removing it, because, otherwise, there will be water all over the floor.
However, if you’re insecure about doing something like this by yourself, it’s best to call an experienced plumber to take care of your problem. Without all the tools and knowledge, you might create an even bigger problem.
These tips should help you get rid of even the most stubborn blockages, but if they don’t work either, you can always call a professional. Good luck with your drains!