Clearing a Clogged Drain

I seem to have a severe problem with clogged drains and don't like to use abrasive methods as I live in old house.

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January 14, 20150 found this helpful

Drains get clogged for several reasons. One common one in the bathroom is that they get clogged with long hair in the tub. To get that out, sometimes all you have to do is remove the plug and reach down into the drain with something like a small bent wire. Pull out the hair, and you are good to go.

Sometimes all that you need to do to clean out drains is give them a good plunging. This is always the first thing to do when you have a clogged drain, especially in the kitchen. You can use baking soda and hot water in your kitchen drains to clear them out. Use about a cup of baking soda, followed up with boiling water, to activate it. Do not pour vinegar in there, as you will get lovely bubbles, but that is doing nothing for the greasy, soapy clog.

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Baking soda reacts with the grease, when activated by the hot water; in fact this is a recipe for soap (and is the reason one uses ammonia to clean dirty ovens). If you put vinegar in there, the baking soda reacts with the vinegar, and doesn't do anything with the clog. People will tell you that it does, but it merely makes carbon dioxide bubbles and nothing more.

If these methods do not clean your drains, you should probably try drano or a similar product. These products, if used as directed, are safe for plumbing. Do not plunge when you have used these products, as they are caustic and can splash up if you do. Kitchen sinks will plug up if people pour grease and such like down the drain. Or if they improperly use a garbage disposal. Avoid doing that, and you should have no trouble.

Some sinks are not plumbed quite right and are prone to clogs. If yours is one of those, you may have to call in a plumber to fix things. Some people maintain that you have to treat your drains every once in awhile to keep them clear, but I have lived in the house I am in for 14 years, and never had a clogged drain.

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January 14, 20150 found this helpful

I have used thin craft wire like you would use when making flower stems bent it at the end to make a little hook and with one slip of the wire into the drain I pulled out a big glob of hair and now the drain drains very well. Hope this works for you.

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