Have you ever experienced the annoying backlog of water in your sink or in the shower? If you have, then you know how painful it can be to wait for the water to slowly disappear down the drain. Don't wait too long those small drain issues could potentially turn into big plumbing problems. But, before you head out to the store to purchase a harsh chemical to pour down your drain we thought we would do some research as to the best strategies to tackle those drain pains without toxic chemical use.
Here are 4 simple tips:
1. Plunge Away - Purchase a small plunger to keep on hand at home. Your plunger is your first defence to manage small clogs when they begin. Make sure the plunger has a small flat rim that fits securley over the drain. When plunging your sink be sure there is enough water over the plunger head to create the necessary pressure over the drain. Begin plunging rapidly with short one inch upstrokes while maintaing a secure seal over the drain. This should dislodge those small clogs within a few minutes. If this does not work try step 2.
2. Use Boiling Water - Remove all the backed up water from your sink first. Then boil a gallon of water over your stove. Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain creating a slow stream. If the water sits idle, wait for it to cool, remove it and try the process again. If boiling does not work, don't fret, we have two more ideas.
Note, this should not be done on PVC pipes as this could soften the pipes and cause damage.
3. Baking Soda Solution - One cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar could be all need to dissolve the clog. Make sure all the water is removed from the sink and the drain is dry. Pour the baking soda down the drain and follow with the vinger. Place a stopper over the drain and allow the solution to do its magic for 15 minutes. When the time is up, remove the stopper and run the hot water. Try this a few times to give the solution some time to work. If the natural approach does not do the trick try step 4.
4. Vaccum It Out - A dry-wet vaccum may have enough suction to help pull up small clogs. These small shop vacs are handy to have around the home to clean up messy spills. If you have a double sink, first place a stopper over the opposite sink to create pressure. Place the vaccum hose over the clogged drain and make sure you have no gaps. Turn the vaccum on to the highest setting and give it a few minutes. You should hear the sound of the clog release.
Hopefully, one of these simple do-it-yourself tricks eliminates your need to use harsh chemicals and prevents you from getting to the point of calling the plumber. Always remeber to keep your sink free of debris. Don't wait until it's too late. Most of the time one of these steps will solve your problem when used at the first sight of troubled pipe.
For more detail this article was writtien based on information from HomeDepot.com