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Expert DIY Drain Cleaning Tips for Homeowners

Dealing with a clogged drain can be a frustrating and inconvenient experience. Ignoring the warning signs can lead to more serious plumbing issues, such as burst pipes or unusable bathrooms. In this blog post, we will share some simple do-it-yourself (DIY) tips for drain cleaning that you can try before seeking professional assistance. These methods are easy to implement and can help you restore proper drainage in your home.


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  • Use a Wire Coat Hanger:
    When the usual methods like removing hair and gunk from the surface of the drain don’t work, a wire coat hanger can be surprisingly effective. Straighten out the hanger as best you can and create a small hook at one end. Insert the hook past the drain cover and start fishing for debris. You’ll be amazed at how much hair and other unpleasant stuff you can extract with this method.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution:
    Create a mixture by combining 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. As soon as the two ingredients come into contact, they will fizz vigorously. Without wasting any time, pour the mixture down the clogged drain. The fizzing action helps dislodge gunk, hair, and grime that have accumulated within the pipe. After allowing it to work for a few minutes, flush the drain with hot water.
  • Hot Water Flush:
    This tip is as easy as it gets. Boil water on your stove or in a kettle if you have one. Pour the hot water slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing each pour to work for several seconds. The hot water helps break down and flush away accumulated grease, soap scum, and other substances causing the blockage.
  • Dish Detergent for Toilet Clogs:
    If your toilet is clogged, try using dish detergent. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of dish detergent into the bowl, and then boil some water. The dish soap acts as a lubricant and aids in breaking up greasy residues. Next, carefully pour the hot water into the toilet bowl and be prepared to use a plunger to dislodge the clog.

Prevent Future Clogs

One of the best ways to prevent future clogs is to clean your drain stopper regularly. As mentioned earlier, hair, soap scum, and other debris can build up around the stopper, causing slow draining or complete blockages. By removing the stopper and cleaning it with a toothbrush or other small brush, you can prevent this buildup and keep your drains flowing smoothly. Make it a habit to clean your drain stopper at least once a month to avoid future clogs.

When DIY Methods Fail

If none of the above methods seem to work, there’s no need to panic. It’s time to call in the professionals. Contact Everest Drain and Plumbing, at 416-383-7378 and our team of experienced drain cleaners will respond promptly to resolve your clogged drain issue. Sometimes, stubborn blockages require specialized equipment and expertise to be fully cleared. Our professionals will have the necessary tools and knowledge to ensure your drains are flowing smoothly again.


Dealing with a clogged drain can be a hassle, but before seeking professional help, it’s worth trying some DIY methods. Using a wire coat hanger, a baking soda and vinegar solution, hot water flush, or dish detergent can often resolve minor clogs. However, if these methods fail, don’t hesitate to contact Everest Drain and Plumbing for reliable and efficient Drain cleaning services. Remember, maintaining clean and clear drains is essential for the smooth functioning of your home’s plumbing system

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