No need for a PHD when handling your plumbing issues at home – clearing your clogs is not rocket appliances. With just a few dollars (around 20 bucks), a pair of gloves, and this list you can successfully plunge your pad. The first step [of course] is to get over the “icky” stigmata of tackling the clog that has been created. You are not above being self-sufficient…and plumbers butt is sexy when you’ve avoided nasty chemicals and a pricey invoice.
Step 1: The Plunger
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to move a clog is to use a plunger to try to move the obstruction out of the way with pressure. If you have previously used chemicals in the drain to remove the clog, make sure you use rubber gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself (and never do that again!).
Step 2: Baking Soda, Vinegar and Boiling Water
Pour one-half cup of baking soda into your drain. Carefully pour one-half cup of vinegar over the baking soda and cover the drain, if at all possible. At this point, the two will begin bubbling just like a jr. high school volcano experiment. After a few minutes the bubbling should stop.
Pour at least a half-gallon of boiling water over what’s left of the baking soda and vinegar. Then follow that with hot running water to flush it all down the drain.
Repeat Step 2 at least 3-4 times before moving to Step 3.
Step 3: The “Snake”
If after you’ve tried the vinegar and baking soda the clog is still there – you have other options besides chemicals. Like getting a “snake”!
A snake is a 25-50 foot metal wire with a bulb at the end that costs around $5-$10. You push the snake into the bathtub drain, and when it hits the blockage you just keep twisting until the drain runs free. The snake is pretty much the last option before ripping open the drain. And not only is using a snake a sustainable option, it’s also the only option because drain cleaners won’t work at this stage of a clog!
Sink Drain Detox
So sorry but if your kitchen or bathroom sink still can’t pass Step 3…your going to have to play plumber! If your lucky the drain connector is slightly loose enough to twist open, if not you’ll need to grab an adjustable crescent wrench. But before you start cracking that drain open, be sure to place a wastebasket or bucket under the drain, and you’ll want to wear (FSC approved rubber) gloves for this project! Once everything is in place, open up your drain connections and slowly remove the curved piece. Pull all the hair and debris from the drain catch, but mind the alignment with the facet pull. It’s not going to be pretty, but hey you just learned a new talent and it didn’t cost much more than a few bucks and hour of time!