DIY Drain Clearing Tips

Knowing how to clear a clogged drain can potentially save you money on expensive plumbing services and repair costs, but it’s vital to know when you can handle a clog yourself and when to call a professional plumber. Try the following tips for clearing a clog in your home and if the drain remains clogged after a few attempts, call a plumber for assistance.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Most people discover the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar during their chemistry classes in school, and you can apply this knowledge to clearing your drain. Pour about half a cup of baking soda into your clogged drain followed by a half cup of vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction will fizzle and hopefully help break up the clog. Flush the drain with boiling water after the fizzling settles and the drain should be clear if the clog was minor.

Commercial Drain Cleaning Products

Commercial cleaning products for drains like Liquid Plumber and Drain-O can be effective for small clogs. Follow the included instructions for using these products and be very careful to avoid getting these chemicals on you. Wear rubber gloves while handling them and be sure to properly dispose of the containers once they are empty. Typically, these products will instruct you to flush the drain with boiling water after about half an hour. If the drain clears, the product may have worked, but remember that these products aren’t always reliable. 

Call the Plumber

If you try one or both of these methods and your drain remains clogged, it is probably best to call a professional plumber. Any further attempts could cause the clog to worsen and could potentially damage your home’s pipes. If you need professional drain clearing service, Columbia Drain in Portland can diagnose your clog and use a variety of state-of-the-art plumbing technologies and techniques to help clear your clog safely and effectively.

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