How to Clear a clogged drain easily

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With the everyday use of our bathroom and kitchen sinks, they are most likely to clog at some time. Sometimes you may have a clogged drain at one of the most inconvenient times. If you have visitors over, a clogged drain is the last thing that you would want to have to deal with. Don't despair, help is right there in your home, you don't have to call a plumber, unless these easy methods don't work for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Plunger
  • Hot water

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Find the cause of the blockage. When you have a clogged drain, the first thing that you need to do, before you panic, is to take a look to see what is causing the blockage. If you can find what it is, then you are in luck, your job is almost completed. If you can't seem to identify the cause of the clogged drain, move on to the following steps.

Do it yourself with a plunger. Most times when there is a clogged drain in your home, you can unclog it yourself without a plumber. There are things that are in your home that can be used to solve this problem. The first method is to use a plunger, to help remove the blockage. If the plunger doesn't work, you will have to move on to other methods.

Use vinegar and baking soda to clear a clogged drain. Vinegar and baking soda, will clear many clogged drains. Run to the kitchen cupboard and grab a box of baking soda and vinegar. While you are in the kitchen, put some water on the stove to boil. Pour about 1 cup of the baking soda into the drain, along with 1 cup of vinegar. Now you are going to let this stay for at least 10-15 minutes, to dissolve whatever is causing the blockage. After the 10-15 minutes, return to the kitchen for the pot of hot water (be sure not to burn yourself). Pour the boiling water slowly down the drain to remove any remaining debris.

Keep drain free from blockage. The best way to prevent the clogged drain from happening again is to start practicing preventive measures. The same baking soda and vinegar can be used at least once a month to prevent another clogged drain. Also after washing your hair, be sure to remove any hair that may be lodged into the drain. For kitchen sinks, always use the strainer for the sink to prevent food and other debris from going down the drain.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you have to call a plumber each time that you have a clogged drain, it can drain your pocket. This is why you should try your best to keep those drains unclogged.
  • If you previously used a drain cleaner, do not use a plunger or add vinegar/baking soda.

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