How to unclog your drain
Everyone knows when they are dealing with a clogged drain. Your sink collects pools of water that takes forever to drain, your shower floor is a puddle of soapy water and you begin to smell mildly unpleasant odours. The signs are enough to make you want to unclog your drain immediately before you face serious issues like a pipe burst or the likes.
The no brainer here is that to start the process of unclogging your drain, you will first remove the excess hair and other grey and black gunk that is around the surface of the drain. Sometimes though, that does not fix the problem and neither does a plunger. What do you do then?
Here are some easy DIY solutions for icky drain clogging problems.
Heat a vessel or kettle with water till it boils. Pour it down the drain gradually, letting the hot water do its job several seconds apart. This is by far the easiest way to unclog a drain.
Take an old wire clothes hanger and straighten it out leaving a hook at the end. Put the wire into the drain pipe and dig around till all the nasty stuff gets tangled in the hook. Most of the gunk will get pulled out and the rest of it should easily wash away.
Baking Soda Vinegar
If the drain on your bathtub is clogged, make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Use 1/3rd cup of baking soda with equal parts of vinegar to make this mixture. Pour this down the drain and place the stopper over it. After letting it rest for up to an hour, fill the bathtub with water and then remove the stopper. The pressure of the water will be enough to dislodge the gunk that the mixture has already loosened. This mixture can be used for clogged sinks as well.
Also known as Sodium Hydroxide, handling caustic soda requires you to wear eye protection and rubber gloves to avoid chemical burns. Put 3 cups of caustic soda into a bucket with ¾ gallons of cold water. Stir the solution with a wooden spoon. The mixture will cause a chemical reaction that will make the solution heat up and fizz. Pour it into the drain and leave it for half an hour and then wash the drain with boiling water. You may have to repeat this process for a complete cleanse. If you are wondering where to score this from, most local hardware stores store it.
The drain snake is simple equipment that could fix a clogged drain efficiently. It is just a spiral piece of metal attached to a long bendy metal rope. Most households own one of these already.
Dish Washing Liquid
¼ cup of dish liquid and boiling water acts as a lubricant and helps to break down stubborn grease stuck to the drain.
You no longer need to fret about a clogged drain. Just un-wrinkle your disgusted nose and put on those rubber gloves to try out these solutions.