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.
Under normal circumstances, if your drains slowed down and started smelling, you would not hesitate call a plumber. However, this is an unprecedented time. Although many plumbers are working during the COVID-19 outbreak, some are only providing emergency services so that they don't have to expose as many staff members. Others have long waiting lists because some of their workforce is sick or caring for family members who are sick. Slow drains are not usually an emergency, but they are something you want to deal with right away. Here are some safe ways to remove your own clogs when you can't get a hold of a plumber.
Use baking soda and vinegar.
Maybe you remember mixing baking soda and vinegar together in science class as a kid. The mixture foams up pretty extensively. That foam can be really effective at breaking down the grime that is clogging a drain. Pour the baking soda in first, and then add just enough vinegar to make a foam without rinsing all of the baking soda away. Let it foam and work its magic for about an hour; your sink should flow clearly and also smell a lot better afterward, thanks to the deodorizing nature of baking soda.
Pour boiling water down it.
If baking soda and vinegar do not work, it could be because the clog is largely caused by grease, which the baking soda and vinegar are not quite as effective at breaking down. Boiling water is a good alternative in this case. The heat from the water will liquefy the grease and help rinse it down the drain. You may need to use a lot of it; keep pouring it down, a little at a time, until the drain starts flowing. Then, follow it up with hot water from the tap to finish the job.
Pull out the plunger, and put it to work. Many people do not realize you can plunge sink and tub drains, not just toilets. You need to use long, forceful strokes and make sure the plunger head is completely immersed in water for this to be effective. Plunging is really good at loosening clogs caused by solid debris like hair and dust.
These methods should clear the drain out. If you continue to have trouble with your drains, contact a drain cleaning service and make an appointment. Even if you have to wait a few weeks, they will get to the bottom of the issue and resolve it for you.