3 Inexpensive Ways To Clear A Clogged Drain In Your Home

One of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face is clogged drains. Whether the kitchen sink's drain has food stuck in it or the shower drain has become impacted with hair, slow moving drains and backing up water is always an issue that will get worse if the drain isn't cleared. Rather than calling up a plumber and paying for a house call, you should try a few things yourself.

Below are three simple and inexpensive ways you can clear clogged drains and get the water flowing once again:

Option 1: Clear the Drain with Vinegar and Baking Soda

The easiest way to clear a clogged drain is with chemicals. You can buy a bottle of Draino and it will most likely remove the clog. However, if you don't want to have toxic chemicals in your home, then you can opt for a different option.

Since vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base, they form a chemical reaction when mixed. This reaction forms bubbles in a clogged drain that will loosen it and allow it to pass.

To clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda, dump a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by the same amount of vinegar. Let the combination sit and bubble for a bit. When the bubbling stops, flush the drain with hot water to pass the clog.

Option 2: Clear the Drain with Your Wet and Dry Vacuum

While you may think your wet and dry vacuum is only good for cleaning out your garage and car, in fact, it is an excellent tool to use for clogged residential drains. To use it to clear a clog, set the vacuum to its "wet" setting, and then place the suction hose directly over the drain. The suction from the vacuum will loosen or remove the clog. Once the clog has been removed, then run clean water down the drain to make sure everything passes and doesn't form another clog.

Option 3: Clear the Drain with a Drain Snake

Finally, if the baking soda and vinegar or wet vacuum haven't cleared your drain's clog, then you should purchase an inexpensive drain snake at the local hardware store. A drain snake is a flexible metal probe with a handle on one end. To snake out the drain's blog, all you have to do is insert the end of the snake into the drain and then turn the handle. As the handle turns, the drain snake is driven down into the clog and mechanically removes it. Once the handle no longer turns, then back out the snake and flush the drain with clean water.

Contact a company like drainserv for more information and assistance.