If you have a clogged or blogged drain, it’s important to think clearly and not do anything that could cause more harm than good. You may not need to call on our services, but it is certainly a possibility that should not be ruled out.
Here are some simple methods to try:
Method 1: Plunger – Tried, tested and true, a plunger is always the first step in taking care of that blocked drain. Fill the sink partially with water, a little less than a quarter of the way full. If you have a double sink, you will need to block the other drain with a cloth or towel.
Plunge over the drain, up and down rapidly, until the water in the sink begins to drain. If it does, it was just a small obstruction, and you no longer have a clogged drain. Job done!
Method 2: Baking Soda and Vinegar – A common trick that has proven useful in some circumstances. First, using a bucket, empty the water from the sink. Next, place approximately a cup of baking soda down the drain, use a wooden spoon to pack it down firm.
Next, pour a cup of vinegar down the sink and put the stopper in immediately to force the mixture down.
The mixture will foam downwards into the pipes. Let the mixture work for about five minutes before running some warm water down the drain.
If it is still clogged, try four cups of boiling water. If you still have a clogged drain, it’s time to move on.
Method 3: Cable Auger – One of the most difficult methods and potentially the most damaging! A cable auger can be used to catch the clog and when in reverse retrieve the cable, and hopefully the obstruction as well.
Method 4: Call a Plumber – If all methods have failed, it is time to call an expert.