Got A Clogged Drain? Try These Liquids To Attempt To Free The Clog Yourself

If you run your sink, bathtub or shower and the water doesn't drain right away, or if you flush your toilet and the water rises, you likely have a clog. A clog in the drain line prevents water from flowing as it should and in some cases, pushes water back up. There are many ways to remove clogs from a drain line, including using a plunger, a plumbing snake, or chemical drain cleaners. If you do not have any of these items on hand, there are a few ways to remove the clog using liquids you likely do have in your home. Here are three ways to attempt to free a clog from a drain line using items you likely already have on hand in your home.

Hot Water

One of the best ways to remove a clog from your drain line is to pour a pot of nearly boiling water down the drain. The hot water helps to melt away grease and soap residue, helping to free a clog. This method is fast, cheap, and easy. The next time you have a clog, this should be the first method you attempt to free it.

Cola Soda

If water doesn't free the clog, another method that you can use to get rid of it may be to pour a cola soda down your drain. This includes sodas like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and any of the flavored varieties of these drinks. The first reason this works is that the carbonation in the soda can help to break apart small clogs. The second reason this works is that these drinks contain phosphoric acid, which helps to eat away at the clog. Pour the soda down the drain and let it sit overnight. By the morning, water will flow if the soda removed the clog.

Liquid Dish Soap

The last way you can attempt to free a clog from your drain line is by using liquid dish soap. Squirt about half a cup of the soap into the affected drain. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. This allows it to reach the clog and work its way into it. This can help to loosen grease and residue that may be causing the clog to stick to the walls of the pipe. After about 30 minutes, run hot water or pour a pot of nearly boiling water down the drain. This should help to free the clog.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to resolve every clog yourself. Some clogs are stubborn or there are so many in your drain line that a professional needs to come in and do professional drain cleaning. During this process, a high powered stream of water is shot into the drain to break up stubborn clogs. Suction may also be used to pull out smaller clogs. If you have a clog and at-home methods have not worked, call for professional drain cleaning today from a company like Cleary Plumbing.


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