Clogged drains, unfortunately, are going to happen to us sooner or later. Before you pick up the phone and call a plumber, turn to a few of these tried and true remedies to quickly unclog a drain.
If your bathroom sink or tub is stopped, remove the strainer or pop-up stopper by twisting and lifting it out, or if it is screwed in, use a screwdriver to remove the screws and pry it up. Remove any hair or dirt stuck to the stopper and then put the stopper back in place. Run water down the drain to clear out any residue.
You can use a chemical drain blocker for a clogged sink, but if you prefer more natural remedies, you most likely have the materials on hand. Vinegar and lemon juice are acids that will cut through blockages in the drain. Baking soda and borax are good multipurpose cleaners that work well in conjunction with acidic materials. Use a combination of ½ cup of vinegar or lemon juice and ½ cup of baking soda or borax. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it sit for a while so that it can eat through the material clogging the drain. If the drain is clogged with hair, use a metal hanger to pull the hair out. Try not to scratch your sink or pipe when using the metal hanger. You can also use a small plunger to pull up the material that is causing the blockage.
After you have removed the clog, slowly pour very hot water down the drain. If you have plastic piping, avoid using boiling water. Repeat pouring the hot water until the drain is clear.
Hopefully these tips will remove the clog. If not, it’s best to contact Service America for a qualified plumber to resolve the issue and restore rapid draining of your sinks and tubs.