At Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc., we know how frustrating it can be do deal with a clogged drain. For serious clogs, you may want to enlist backup from our team of professionals, but in many cases, you can take care of minor clogs yourself. Here are a few methods to unclog a drain before calling in the cavalry.
For minor sink clogs, a plunger is the best tool to use. Fill your sink up about halfway with water and then start plunging. Forcefully pump the plunger several times, then quickly pull it off the drain. The suction should clear out the blockage. If you try this method on a double kitchen sink, make sure to stuff the drain in the opposite sink with a wet rag, which helps direct the suction directly to the clog.
Another method to clear a clogged drain uses common household items. You’ll need white vinegar, baking soda (or borax and salt), and hot water. You’ll also need a plunger.
Measure equal parts vinegar and baking soda (start with ½ a cup each). Pour the vinegar and baking soda down the drain, then quickly cover the drain to contain the foaming reaction down by the clog. Keep the drain covered for 30 minutes to let the foam work. After that, plunge the drain to agitate the clogged material. Finish by flushing the drain with hot water.
WARNING: Do not use this method if you’ve previously used a commercial drain cleaning solution, or if you’ve recently used a bleach-based cleaner on the area. When mixed with these other substances, vinegar can react to produce dangerous chemicals, such as chlorine gas.
If these methods do not work to unclog your clogged drain, call our team at Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.. We have the necessary tools and experience to tackle any drain problem.