How to Clear a Blocked Drain

how to clear a blocked drain

How to Clear a Blocked Drain

There are always tall tale signs your drain is blocked. Unfortunately, when your drain is clogged, you will start to notice the signs of water building up in the shower, the sinks take longer to drain, and in some cases an awful odor.

You’ve tried store bought products and you’ve even used the plunger, but nothing seems to work. We always recommend calling our blocked drain Sydney plumbers to help clear your blocked drains professionally, however, if you want to save some money then here are a few simple tips that can help you when you’re experiencing clogged or blocked drains in your home.

Use a wire hanger to clear a blocked drain

A simple wire hanger may just do the trick to unclog a blocked sink/tub drain. Straighten out a hanger the best you can and bend one end like a latch and slide it past the drain cover. Next, start fishing out anything that may be clogging up your drain. You may find hair and all sorts of stuff clogging your drain. When you’ve rid the sink of all of the junk, some hot water should straighten things up nicely.

Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Try mixing a third cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar. The concoction should immediately start to fizz (that’s good). Make sure to flush it down the drain as soon as possible to remove hair and other dirt. Let it stand for an hour or possibly overnight. Remove all of the traces of baking powder before you pour the vinegar and run hot to water to clear the drain.

Wet Dry Vacuum to Clear Blocked Drain

A wet and dry vacuum can be a wonderful resource to help with a clogged drain. Set your vacuum to the highest setting to vacuum liquids, but create a shield to block the mess. The particles blocking your drain should suck up directly into the vacuum cleaner. This method doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.

Hot Water For Blocked Drains

This is a very simple step involving hot water that almost anyone can try. Boil some hot water on the stove, pouring scalding water down the drain in intervals, giving it time to work. If there’s any water left over and this method works, reward yourself with tea time.

Unclog Your Drains Using Caustic Soda

Get some caustic soda from the home department store. Make sure to wear the proper protection because caustic soda can cause a nasty burn. Pour 3/4 cup of water in a bucket and add 3 cups of the caustic soda. Mix it with a well and then pour it liberally down the drain. Let it stand for at least 30 minutes and flush it with boiling water.

Clean Out Your Pipes if Blockage is Contained to Sink Drain

Place a bucket under the U-shaped pipe, as the bucket will be used to catch the excess spillage. Loosen up the slip nuts and remove the trap. Fish around on the inside for any debris that may be clogging the drain. In fact, an old toothbrush can be used to lift any residue and then rinse well with hot water. This should do the trick when you’re trying to unblock your drain.

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