WAYS TO UNCLOG DRAINS

Having a hard time remove the clog drains in your kitchen and bathroom sink.  It’s something you need to deal with quickly, or face the wrath of a burst pipe or a useless bathroom. I’ve listed several ways that are useful and cheap.

Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. And pour to the clogged part of your home. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour on the vinegar.  And it will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe.

The Wet & Dry Vacuum
First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag.

Boiling Water
Get your kettle and boil up as much water to remove the clog. Pour it slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work for a several seconds in between each pour.

Cleaning the Pipe
First, place an empty bucket underneath the U-shaped pipe (the trap) beneath the sink.  The bucket will collect the water that will spill. Using a plumber’s wrench, loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe. You should be able to finish the operation by hand. When the trap is free, remove it and turn it upside down, emptying the contents into the bucket.  An old toothbrush is good for getting the tough gunk out. Rinse the trap with water and then put it all back together.

Caustic Soda
You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.