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After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.


Finding Great Plumbing Supplies

What To Try When Home Drain Cleaning Isn't Working

Shannon Obrien

Some clogs in our homes don't require us to call an expert in drain cleaning services as unclogging the drains by yourself is not as hard as you think. Most of the clogged drain issues can be dealt with using simple tools and methods. Let's look at four methods you can use whenever you notice that your drain is not working.

Bent Wire or Hanger

This might sound very simple, but it's very effective. First, take a normal wire hanger and then unbend it until it is straight. Then, curve one of its ends to create a hook. However, you need to be careful when creating the hook as creating a big hook can make it too big to enter through the drain. Once you create the hook, insert it through the drain cover, and then start 'fishing.' This will help you to remove the dirt that had clogged the drain. But, you need to be careful not to push the muck further down the drain. When you remove most of the dirt, pour hot water into the drain, and it will clear the remaining dirt.

Boiling Water

Using a kettle, boil as much water as you can, and then begin to pour it into the drain in small bits. When pouring the water, give it some few seconds to allow it to work before you pour the next bit. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways of unclogging a drain.

Caustic Soda

You need to use eye protection and rubber gloves when using caustic soda (Sodium Hydroxide) because it can cause serious chemical burns. You can buy it at any hardware store, however, always exercise extra caution when using it. Mix three cups of the Sodium Hydroxide and ¾ gallon of water, preferably cold. Use a wooden spoon to stir the solution. You will notice that the solution will start to heat up and fizz. Once you are sure that it is mixed thoroughly, pour the solution into the drain, and then give it 30 minutes. Use boiling water to flush the drain. You can repeat the process until the drain is fully unclogged.


A few factors determine the effectiveness of the plunger. Some of these factors include the location of the clog, the nature of the clog, and the design of the drain. Plungers tend to be ineffective, especially if the drain is blocked by hair. However, you can always give it a try to see whether it will unclog the drain. To use a plunger, you need to smear petroleum jelly to the tip of it suction pad, as this will give you a better seal. Start running water from the tap to ensure that the plunger suction pad is completely submerged in water, and then start to plunge vigorously. You will know that the drain is unclogged when you see water flowing normally into the drain.

For more information, contact a company like The King's Helper.