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Simple Ways to Clear Blocked Drains with Vinegar

blocked drainOne warning sign that you have an impending blocked drain is a slow draining sink or toilet. To avoid the possibility of further emergency plumbing problems, there are ways in which you can fix slowly blocked drains by using available household items. To clear slow draining sinks and toilets using vinegar, borax, baking soda and more water are known simple things proven to be very effective in dealing with clogged drains. There are certain things and steps to follow in order to be successful in unclogging stopped or blocked drains.


To start unclogging drains, it is best to drain out all the water from the sink, toilet or tub. If water is draining slowly, take time until it’s cleared out all the water. This will make the unclogging agent do its work effectively. There are a couple of household items that are known to be a substitute for cleaning purposes namely vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, salt and borax. Vinegar is commonly used because it has an acidic base entailing to produce foamy reactions. It can be possible to combine different products from each other because it can cause chemical reaction making it appropriate to clean drains efficiently. Once the draining system is cleared from water, pour the vinegar and other drain-opening agents to the blocked drain.

Start Unclogging the Drain

After pouring vinegar to the drain, cover it so the mixture will settle. You may be able to use a tub stopper or just cover it with a hot cloth. For the vinegar to settle in, it usually takes 30 minutes so you must be patient enough to wait. This will give the vinegar ample time to wear off the clog. Fill the sink with small amount of water and get a plunger. Water will help in putting pressure to push down the clog. Work up the plunger in an upward and downward movement until all water in the sink is drained out and that means you have already unclogged the drain. You can also use a stretch hanger and a drain snake to unclog your drain if the plunger didn’t work.

Flushing after Unclogging

You can have a choice when it comes in flushing your drain. It can be hot water (boiling water direct to the drain is not recommended) or free flowing tap water. This will help in order to entirely flush down all clogged debris from the drain. Boiling water is not preferable because it way cause deterioration to your plastic drains. Turning on your faucet can somehow create a gravitational pressure enabling to push down the clearing the drain from clogs

These are only some ways to clear your drains at home. These are effective ways to unclogged drains in a convenient and eco-friendly manner which also gives you hassle free methods. Plumbing emergency problems can give you stress and headaches but if you know simple ways to go about the problem, then everything will just be a piece of cake. If these issues persist, contact your nearest, trust-worthy plumber.