Simple And Effective Ways to Unclog Any Drain in Your Home

Drain clogs are a nuisance. Once a drain is clogged it is impossible to let any liquid go down it. Of course, you don’t usually realize it is completely clogged until you have a sink full of dirty water. It is worth noting that you usually have a warning that a problem is building. Sinks start to drain slowly when they have a clog building. Dealing with it straightaway can save you the cost of a reputable emergency plumber.

While a plumber is probably your best bet, there are a few things you can try at home first.


The first thing you should do is grab your plunger. However, you should note there are different types of plungers depending on whether you are dealing with a sink, bath, shower, or toilet. The bottom line is that the plunger must cover the entire drain area to work effectively. This allows it to create an airtight seal.

The plunger motion is up and down and can be done slowly, the movement extracts air, creating a vacuum that often forces the clog apart.

You’ll know it has worked as the sink will gurgle and the water will disappear rapidly.

Hot Water

If the plunger doesn’t work you can try hot water. If the sink is full of water you’ll have to scoop all of this out and dispose of it elsewhere.

Remember, this is hot water, not boiling. The reason for this is that boiling water can damage the pipes, the hot water should melt any fat blocking the pipes. Let it sit for a few minutes before you try allowing water down the drain again.

Bicarbonate of Soda

The bicarbonate of soda is very powerful. You want to put this into the drain so you’re going to need to drain the clocked sink before you can do this.

When ready put a tablespoon of bicarb into the drain and let it soak into the clog below the service. After it has soaked for a few minutes pour a cup of vinegar into the drain. The two will react, fizzing violently. The force of the reaction can break up the clog.

Of course, you’ll only know if it has worked when you test it!

Removing The Trap

Finally, you can remove the trap below the sink or shower. You will need to empty the water out of the sink first and it’s a good idea to have a bowl to catch excess water.

Unscrew the trap from under the sink and unscrew the side that joins to the waste pipe. You can then empty the water out of the trap and bang any clog out.

This is also a good opportunity to put a drain auger into the waste pipe or even a small drain camera. This will help you to confirm the clog has gone or find it and shift it with the auger or a small drain rod.

Remember, if you have any doubts, let the plumber deal with them.

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About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.