We should try to live by the norm of cleanliness is godliness as much as we can. When we are living a hectic life, it is hard to keep our house neat and tidy. Some of us may hire maids or do the cleaning during week offs. When there is an issue with electricity or plumbing, we are left with no option than to contact a professional. For instance, if something goes wrong in plumbing work, then we have to face more significant issues later on. So it is important to have some DIY tricks up your sleeve all the time.
Let us imagine this scenario, you tried to call a plumber, but he is not available. In this case, this article has come to your rescue. We have going to provide you with some home remedies for clearing blocked drains.
The Drain auger
This method may appear tricky, but it is easy if you understand the whole process of clearing blocked drains. All you have to do is thrust the end of the auger into the drain. Do not stop, keep pushing more of the snake into the drain until there is a resistance. Then keep on rotating the snake against the blocked drains until the snake revolves freely inside the pipe. Once it is done, pour down water with full force for a few minutes so that the drain is unclogged.
Clearing the Pipe
This method is quite useful if you have some plumbing knowledge. You have started with placing an empty bucket underneath the sink. It would help if you used a plumber’s wrench to lose the slip nuts at the ends of the pipe. Once the trap is free, take it off and put it upside down so that all gunk or clogging dirt will drop into the bucket. It would be best if you also fished around for more debris. You can grab an old toothbrush for getting the sticky gunk out. Run the trap with water and the blocked drain is cleaned.
Gravity, Pressure with vinegar and baking Soda
Start with mixing up some vinegar and baking soda in tip two. Run it down the drain, then put the stopper over it for almost an hour. Once it is done, fill the bathtub with water. Remove the stopper; make sure you have 40-60 gallons of water to clean up the blockage. It would be best if you tried the drain snake or plunging for clearing blocked drains.
Salt and Baking Soda with hot water
All you have to do is mix half a cup of baking soda with a half cup of salt. Run this mixture down the blocked drain. Please keep it for 20 minutes, then pour boiled water. You will be surprised to know the salt, baking soda, and boiling water will produce a chemical reaction that dissolves clogging.
The dishwashing detergent is one of the best home remedies for clearing blocked drains. You have to start by pouring 1/4 cup of dish detergent into a container. Keep the boiling water ready. You will notice the dish detergent will work as a lubricant, which helps to break up greasy residue. Run the hot water down, and begin plunging. You should see the results in no time.
Gunk out with the plunger
This method mostly works when it comes to the kitchen sink. When you wash utensils, the food often gets stuck in the kitchen sink. The plunger will play a pivotal role in clearing blocked drains. All you have to do is empty your kitchen sink and fill the sink halfway with hot water and plunge away. It will be an ideal option if you use a rubber plunger.
It is said that prevention is better than cure. So, allow us to put forward some additional tips for clearing blocked drains:
- Try to pour cold water when the disposal is on.
- Make sure you allow oil, banana peels, grease, potato peels, bones, eggshells, seeds or pits down the drain.
- It would help if you tried to put some ice cubes in your garbage disposal, which will sharpen the blades.
- It would be best if you put a hair trap in your bathroom, tubs, sinks, and showers to avoid blockage.
- If you want fresh scent, try to put some tiny citrus or lemon peels in the disposal.
All these home remedies will help you in emergency situations but you have to be very careful while implementing them. If you don’t know what the main problem is then it is suggested for you to get in touch with professional help rather than any DIY methods.
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