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Some DIY Drain Cleaning Tips

We all know the warning signs. At first, the sink takes a little longer to drain. You begin to notice water pooling around your feet in the shower. And then come the odors; the strange, unpleasant odors. They’re all signs that you are soon facing a clogged drain. And then one day, just like that your drain is blocked completely. It’s something you need to deal with quickly or face the aftermath of a burst pipe or a useless bathroom. So drain cleaning is most for your essentials for home.

So you start doing what you know and have heard about drain cleaning. You remove the excess hair and gunk that has built up at the surface of the drain and still nothing happens. You try some liquid plumber. Your drain is still clogged. Then you go for the plunger. But what happens when it doesn’t come to the rescue?

From professional drain cleaners at Everest Drain and Plumbing, here are some DIY tips for drain cleaning:

  • Take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it out as best you can. Then, bend one end over to create a small hook. Push that past the drain cover and start fishing. You should be able to get all sorts of hair and nasty stuff out of the drain.


  • Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that have built up in the pipe.


  • Tips for drain cleaning don’t get any easier than this. Put the kettle on (or use the stove or microwave if you don’t own a kettle) and boil up as much water as it will hold. Now pour it slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work for several seconds in between each pour.


  • If your toilet is clogged, pour 1/4 cup of dish detergent in the bowl. Then boil some water. The dish soap will act as a lubricant and help break up any greasy residue. Then pour the hot water down, and get ready to start plunging.

If nothing seems to work, you don’t have to worry even for a second. Call Everest Drain and Plumbing and our team of drain cleaners will be there ASAP.

Everest Plumbing Jul 15, 2016
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