Tips for Clearing Blocked Drains

If your drains are clogged, don’t panic. Common causes of blocked drains can be due to grease, hair, and food. There are some DIY methods that you can try to unblock your drains but if they don’t work or you’re not sure what to do, call a professional plumber.

You can do a few things to clear the blockage and avoid costly and time-consuming repairs. Here are some tips to help you get started:


Clear the drain by using a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain and push and pull the plunger until the obstruction is moved.


Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to loosen any built-up grease or fat.


Unstop the drain by pouring a gallon of vinegar down it. Wait for a few minutes, and then run another gallon down the drain. Finally, pour in some baking soda to help neutralize the acid and allow the blockage to unclog itself.


For blockages that won’t go away, use a snake to clear the blockage. A snake is a long flexible tube used to clear clogged drains by pulling out any debris that may be stuck in the drain.


Another excellent method is using plain old kitchen sink soap. I have used this method for many clogged toilets. Put dish soap in the toilet, and don’t be stingy on the amount of soap. Wait, the longer you wait, the longer it soaks in. I have left the toilets and come back to an unclogged toilet from this technique. You can also add had water to help it soak in if the bowl isn’t already too full.


Hopefully, you find some of these tips and techniques helpful in keeping your drains flowing smoothly.


Call a professional plumber if you don’t feel like dealing with the mess and clean-up of clearing blocked drains yourself. It’s better to call a plumber. Here in Blue Springs, MO, we have all kinds of pipes in homes. From PVC, cast iron, galvanized steel, and even old clay lines. So when clearing a drain, using the wrong technique can be a costly mistake.

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