How to unblock a drain

We know when drains start to clog and you have to call a plumber again to help with it. Want to unblock a kitchen or main drain yourself?

1. Remove obstructions from top of drain

Removing hear or any other potential debris that may block the drain could be a start of unblocking of your drain. This may accumulate over time as most hair is lost during washing or showering.

2. Boiling Hot Water

The best about this tip, its almost free. Put the kettle on and boil up as much water as it will hold. Now 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. This is usually the easiest and quickest way to unclog a drain. If there’s any water left, congratulate yourself with a cup of tea.

3. Vacuum

We recommend a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. 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. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.

4. Plunge

The best way is to plunge it with standing or running water. Start plunging and after a couple of strokes remove the plunger and check if water flows away. If water starts flowing away you can through in some boiling water to further help removing debris from the drain. If it is a double-bowl sink, stuff a wet rag into the one drain while plunging the other.

5. Caustic Soda

Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary. Be sure to get some rubber gloves and eye protection. Caustic soda (also known as Sodium Hydroxide) can cause nasty chemical burns. You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up.

6. The Drain Snake

It’s basically a long flexible metal rope with a spiral of metal at the end. This is a fairly low-tech piece of equipment that works wonders.

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