We all know the warning signs, that let us know, that pretty soon we will be faced with a clogged drain – the sink takes longer to drain, water pools around your feet at the shower, the strange, unpleasant odors. When your drain is blocked completely, this is something you deal with very quickly, before some pipe in your bathroom or kitchen bursts.
Before you resort to that expensive emergency plumber, you may try to fix the clogged drain issue with a bent wire hanger. It is quite simple, but surprisingly effective. Just take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it as much as you can. Then, bend one end to create a small hook. Push that past the drain cover. You should now be able to get all sorts of nasty stuff out of the drain. Remember to pull them out, not push them further. When you are finished with the gross drain fishing, run the hot water and it should be able to clear things up nicely.
Another thing you can try is boiling water. This is the quickest and easiest way to unclog a drain, but may not help in all cases. Use any water container that can hold hot water and boil it up in the microwave. You can use a kettle if you own one. Pour the boiling water slowly down the drain, in two or three stages, to allow it to work its magic for several seconds in between each pour. If there’s any water left in the kettle, make yourself a nice cup of hot tea, calm down and keep reading.
The next thing to try is caustic soda. For the purpose, you will need a pair of rubber gloves and some eye protection. Be very careful, because this stuff can cause some really nasty chemical burns. You can get some caustic soda in your local hardware store. Pour a ¾ gallon of cold water into a mop bucket and add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir with a wooden spoon, until it begins to fizz. Then, pour it into the clogged drain and wait for about half an hour. Flush the drain with boiling water and repeat if necessary.
These are the easiest things you can try by yourself. You can find many other recipes on the Internet, suggesting how to unclog a drain, if you haven’t given up by the end of this article. If you’re done experimenting with your clogged drain, now would be the perfect time to dig up the phone number of that expensive emergency plumber.