Home Remedy for Unclogging a Drain

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A clogged drain can be irritating. Getting a plumber to fix it can be expensive. Here are some tips for do-it-yourself clog busting.

Removing Hair

  • Hair is one of the biggest drain-clogging culprits. Check and see if your drain cover has a screw on it. If so, get a screwdriver, and very carefully unscrew it. Remove the cover (you may need needle-nosed pliers), being careful not to lose the screw. Then use something long and thin to fish out all the hair you can.

The Next Level

  • Try the drain. If it is still slow, there is more work to be done. A classic chemical reaction may do the trick here. Get some baking soda and vinegar from the kitchen. Pour down a good amount of baking soda first, then follow it with the vinegar. Let it bubble away, then pour hot water down the drain to clear it. You can also try a baking soda and salt mixture, followed with boiling water, and left to sit overnight.

A Final Tactic

  • If the drain is still clogged, there is one other strategy you can try. Get some bleach and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for five minutes then flush it with water. Try using a plunger if all else fails. If the drain is still clogged, it may be time to seek outside help. But before calling a plumber, you might try a drain-clearing product (Drano, Liquid Plumber). These items are available at many stores, don't cost very much and could save you an expensive house call.

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