Fixing a Slow Running Drain

I have 5 year old plumbing in my kitchen and bath. Both drains are now running very slowly. Any quick, inexpensive solutions?

By Dar G

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful

On the rare occasion I have slow drains, I first sprinkle baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar, and then boiling water. I may have to do it a couple times, but it definitely helps, and I haven't used any nasty chemicals.

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

It might be hair in your bath drain. You can get something called a "Zip-it" at your hardware store. It's a long thin strip of plastic with nubs on the sides that you use to pull hair from your drain. It works great!

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

My drains are slow allot of the time, so I buy household 100% lye drain opener, (brand I think is Rooto) from Menards. Read the directions on the plastic jar, it works very well for me.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

In a pinch, a wire coat hanger, cut down to about 10 inches, with the tip of the wire turned up on one end to form a hook shape, works well to bring up hair and other stuff stuck in the drain.

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May 12, 20110 found this helpful

Unfortunately I can't remember the combination, but use vinegar and baking soda in the drains and the foaming action is supposed to clear it. If you are really desperate use about 1/3 gallon of bleach. That has worked for me when I couldn't afford expensive drain cleaners. DO NOT USE this if you have a septic tank or it will kill the friendly bacteria that helps digest wastes.

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