As far as the most annoying things in the world are concerned, a clogged drain is up there with slow internet. It is annoying and sometimes even depressing, especially when one is expecting guests at home. The easiest way out is of course calling a plumber in! Of course, there are those that still prefer to try their hands on the DIY route first. So, if you want to roll up your sleeves and take matters into your own hands before things become worse, consider the following tips.
It is an age old remedy that works well if the drain is partially clogged and water is draining out slowly. Simply boil some water, mix it with salt then pour the solution into the drain. The solution will wash off grease and get rid of other debris that makes draining impossible. Once the drain has opened up, pour the solution on it once or twice a week to prevent the problem from cropping up again in future.
Often used to prepare homemade drain cleaners, baking soda is by far one of the most effective solutions one can use to open up a clogged drain. Simply take a cup of baking soda, a cup of salt and a cup and a half of tartar cream and make a paste out of them. Add water to the paste to make it watery enough then pour the solution into the drain. Pour 2 cups of hot water into the drain then leave it overnight. Flush the drain the next morning with hot water and it will clear up. A solution of white vinegar and baking soda has the same effect.
Mix washing soda with about 3 gallons of boiling water. The solution should be soapy enough for it to be effective. Then pour it into the drain at night and leave it overnight. Flush the next morning and the dirt and grease build up will disappear.
Commercial drain cleaners
You can buy one or two commercial drain cleaners from improvement stores to take care of emergencies. Keep in mind that most of these cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can burn your skin. With that in mind, read the instructions well and use protective clothing when using the cleaners.