DIY Methods For Clearing Blocked Drains

Clogs in drainage system are very common and you can run into them at any time. Standing in water in your bathroom or overflowing sink, might be cause of a slew of drainage issues. Moreover, if you are living in an old building then you can find such issue more frequently because your old drainage system is susceptible to rust and corrosion. Apart from that, tree roots might pierce through the subsurface of your drainage system causing your drains to leak or become clogged.

In this instance, you can engage a professional plumber in clearing blocked drains.

Tips For Clearing Blocked Drains

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The following methods for clearing  can be used for small obstructions. You do not need to spend a huge amount on drains replacement and you can try the following tips to save your cost:

  • Baking soda and vinegar can be used in clearing blocked drains. Pour warm water and baking soda, then cover them for an hour. You can use a lot of warm water to flush the drain. Baking soda and vinegar can create some corrosive reactions inside the drains, while also cleaning grease. Apart from that, they can prevent odour and keep your home hygienic. But if you have metallic pipes then you should not use baking soda for clearing blocked drains because baking soda can corrode the surface of your drainage system. On the other part, you cannot use hot water in your PVC pipes, and you need to apply warm water in this case.
  • You can clean your drains using salt and lemon in addition to vinegar. You may make a drain cleaner by mixing lemon juice and salt with warm water and pour it down your drain. Leave your drains for half an hour before being cleaned with simple water. You can use salt to eradicate bacterial fungus from your drains if they have accumulated because of the oily substances. But you cannot remove the fat, oil and grease with salt and hot water, and you need to hire an expert for the same.
  • You have cloth hangers for your cloth? Simply straighten your hanger to clean your drains. Keep the hook at the end of the hanger, and you can use this hanger to pull out the deposited garbage from your drains. It is a difficult job, and you’ll need to protect your face with a mask and gloves while cleaning your drains. In this case, a snake auger can be purchased at your local hardware store. The similar technique can be used in clearing blocked drains.
  • If you have a vacuum cleaner, you can use a vacuum cleaner to unclog blocked drains. With the suction power of the vacuum cleaner, you can remove what is blocking your drain. But it is very important to use your vacuum cleaner in wet mode. Cleaning the drains with vacuum cleaner can damage he vacuum cleaner and you will end up buying a new one. This technique should be used only if your vacuum cleaner has an option to clean wet waste too otherwise it will cost you more. Do not worry if you do not have a vacuum cleaner with this feature, simply save money by hiring a plumber.  



You can search for blocked drains cleaning services online and pick the ideal one for your home. Before you hire, be sure to check their license, certifications, experience level and reviews before you hire. There are few plumbers who specialise in clearing blocked drain services or drain relining system to prevent leaks. To know more about drain cleaning and relining services, you can search such professionals online.

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