Clogged drains are usually easy to correct on your own. Skip the phone call to the plumber and follow these steps to clear your clogged drains. It’s important to do this as soon as you notice a clog because it will reduce your chances of receiving water damage or needing a pipe replacement (which is very expensive).
Before you try more vigorous methods, grab some baking soda and vinegar. Heat up one cup of vinegar in the microwave until it’s hot.
Pour one cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Follow it with your cup of hot vinegar. Have the rag ready at your side as you do this step.
Immediately after pouring the hot vinegar, plug the drain with your rag. (Combining baking soda and vinegar will cause a bubbling “mini volcano” reaction.)
Wait 10-15 minutes. Then heat up two quarts of hot water on the stove and pour it down the drain to flush out the baking soda and vinegar mixture. If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat two or three times. For most clogs, this will do the trick.
If this doesn’t work, mix together one cup of baking soda and a half of a cup of table salt. Pour this mixture down the drain and let sit for several hours. Then, flush the drain with two cups of boiling water.
For bathroom sinks and bathtubs, sometimes clogs can form around the strainer or stopper (the part of your drain that stops water flow). Remove the stopper by turning it and pulling upward with your fingers. Clean off any build up that is on the stopper. Inspect the top of the drain for anything that may be clogging it and flush with hot water.