A slow draining toilet can lead to an embarrassing situation – especially when it comes to somebody else’s toilet! So, here are some plumbing tricks to give you some peace of mind when using any toilet and avoid a messy situation when a plumber is not around to come to your rescue.
Add Hot Water
Before you attempt to use the plunger, try plumbers’ old-age trick first – HOT WATER. Fats can accumulate in the toilet, restricting the flow of wastes and water and causing the water to overflow from the bowl. So, if you suspect that the clogging is not caused by any hard object that somebody may have accidentality flushed in the toilet, go to the kitchen and boil yourself some water. Pour a few cups to the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. The heat will melt the fat clogging toilet and make it more flushable.
Use Dishwashing Liquid
When hot water doesn’t work, squirt some dishwashing liquid to the bowl, wait for a while and then flush. The soaps can help break up the toilet clog.
If you happen to encounter a slow-draining toilet in a friend’s house, where asking for a dishwashing liquid seems suspicious than asking for a plunger, grab the shampoo bottle instead. Squirt a few drops in the bowl and let it sit for as long as possible. The clog will loosen and clear on its own, and the water will flush through easily. Not to mention, the bathroom will smell shampoo fresh. (Handwash soap makes a good alternative too.)
Use The Toilet Plunger
If the first two options didn’t work, don’t give up just yet. Grab the plunger! Simply cover the drain hole with a plunger (make sure that there’s water coming up at least half of the water cup), and then push and pull sharply. Repeat several times until the clog is removed.
The plunger is effective in removing partial waste blockage and minor object obstruction such as tissue paper.
Let The Plumbing Vent Breathe
Every toilet, sink, shower and bathtub plumbing system needs a vent in order to drain properly. A toilet with a blocked or insufficient vent will make gurgling noise and may cause trap siphonage and odors. It will also drain very slowly. So, if after checking you’ve determined that the drainage problem is not caused by any clogging in the toilet, check the plumbing vent for any blockage. The waste lines need to have enough amount of air in order for water to flow freely.
If after flushing you’ve realized that there’s a drainage problem and toilet looks like it’s about to overflow, close the toilet flapper as quickly as you can to keep the water from rising up the toilet bowl – and avoid possible embarrassment.
If the flushing mechanism is the problem, open the toilet’s water tank and observe the flapper as you flush. The flapper should rise until it is almost vertical. If it isn’t, it could be preventing water from flowing out the tank quickly enough for efficient flushing. Try shortening the chain connecting the flapper to the flush handle.
With a little practice, you can get any clogged and slow-draining toilets back and running in a jiffy without creating an embarrassing mess.
Toto toilets have become a popular choice because it is friendly to the environment and your pocket. It uses less water even when flushing is on high capacity. So you’re not only conserving water, but also saving money that would have gone down the drain with high utility bills. But like most toilets, Toto will clog up at some point, especially when used carelessly. How do you deal with a problem then?
Using Dishwashing Detergent
1. Get 1/4 cup of liquid dishwashing detergent and then pour it into the toilet. Let it sit for 10 minutes. This will lubricate whatever material is clogged in the toilet.
2. Bring water to a boil, and then slowly pour it into the toilet with the dish detergent. The combination will help move the clog through the toilet.
3. Flush the toilet to completely move the water solution and clog through the pipe.
4. See if the toilet is still clogged by flushing it again and checking if the water drains without a hitch.
Note: You can also use a vinegar and baking soda solution instead of dishwashing detergent. Use 1 cup of each, mix and just pour into the toilet.
Using a Plunger
1. Follow the same process of unclogging a Toto toilet using dish detergent and hot water.
2. After flushing the solution, vigorously plunge the toilet drain to force the clog out with air pressure.
3. Flush again and check if clog still persists. Rinse and repeat.
Using a Manual Toilet Snake
When you have done the steps above and nothing seems to work, it is time to take out the manual toilet snake.
1. Insert the head of the toilet snake down the drain and then extend it by turning the handle, until you locate the culprit.
2. Continue turning the handle to force the clog down the drain.
3. Slowly remove the snake and then flush the toilet. Check if the clog has been cleared.
Depending on the gravity of the situation, you may only need to use a dish detergent or all three of the tips listed above. If none of your efforts work, you should call in the experts. The problem may be bigger than what you can handle DIY. But treat plumbers as your last resort.
Maintenance Tips for a Toto toilet
1. If possible, avoid throwing toilet paper into the toilet to keep it from clogging.
2. Use only one-ply paper to help prevent clogs in the event that you prefer to flush toilet paper down the drain.
3. Know which items are flushable and which isn’t. Diapers and feminine hygiene products may be labeled as flushable, but they could still clog the toilet. Perform a ‘flushable’ test by filling a bowl with water. Place the items to be flushed in a water-filled bowl, swish it around and then leave it in for an hour. If the item doesn’t fully disintegrate after an hour, then it is not flushable.
4. Don’t place anything on the toilet tank or the shelf over the toilet. If any of your toiletries fall into the toilet, you will have some fishing to do, which can be nasty business. If you accidentally flush the toilet, then you have worse problems to deal with.
Slow bathtub drain can be really annoying, especially if you’re in a hurry and you need all the water to go down before you leave the bathroom. This sort of problem, however, doesn’t necessarily need the expertise of a plumber, which could be costly. Fixing a slow bathtub drain can be done in many ways, with or without the use of chemicals. Ready to get down and dirty?
Putting Your Thrust On The Trusty Plunger
Using a plunger to remove mild blockage in the drain is the easiest way to fix slow-draining bathtub, and you won’t need to use anything else. Put the plunger head over the bathtub drain and then, with all your might, plunge 4 to 5 times. Run hot water and see if drainage is still slow. Repeat the process as needed.
The Baking Soda Treatment
With a half cup baking soda in hand, pour it into the drain and then pour one cup of white vinegar afterward. Allow the ingredients to combine and foam for 5 minutes. Then, turn on the hot water and let it run for 30 seconds until everything goes down the drain. Turn on the tap again and see if water drainage is still slow.
What is great about a treatment of baking soda and vinegar is that it deodorizes the drain and loosens whatever mild blockage underneath.
When Mild Treatments Fail
Say you’ve used the plunger and baking soda solution but to no avail. Time to use some elbow grease.
1. Remove or unscrew the drain cover.
2. Using a pipe snake, push it down the drain until you hit a blockage or it gets stuck. You can also use a drain claw or a bent wire, depending on which easily fits down the drain.
3. Push and pull vigorously until the block buildup is removed or the pipe snake breaks through the blockage.
4. Rinse the drain with hot water, so residue of broken-up blockage will drain away.
5. Test and examine if the bathtub drain is still slow flowing.
6. Replace the drain cover if the problem is fixed.
Note: You can also remove the drain overflow panel and follow the same process. When using an electric pipe snake, allow it to agitate for about 10 seconds, then slowly pull it out. Most of the blockage is likely to be on the head of the pipe snake.
Drain Maintenance Tips
1. Always remove hair after taking a bath and right before the entire volume of water goes down the drain. Effectively keeping hair from going down the drain and building up into clumps of hair.
2. Once the blockage is clear, make it a point to use bleach once a month to keep the drain free of any blockage. You will need to flush half gallon of bleach into the drain. Never use liquid drain cleaners, as this can make matters worse. Rinse the bleach with hot water.
3. Clean strainers & stoppers regularly. Don’t wait for gunk or other blockage to build up before you start doing something about it. Prevention is still better than cure, after all.
Showers are fun until they are not. How would you feel when you look down and find yourself ankle deep in water? This leaves you in a particularly disturbed state, especially if it happens on a work day. Could your day not have started any better? You’re sure to be laden with problems at work and you’ve already been given a preview … in your own home.
Why do Shower Drains Clog?
While hair might be considered the number one culprit for clogging shower drains, there are other reasons as well. Minerals from hard water and soap top the reasons why your shower drain clogs up too. Also, dirt and grease play their part in clogging drains.
Again, although hair is one of the main reasons shower drains get clogged up, the type of hair that makes it way to the drain has a lot to do with it as well. Short hair rarely gets caught in the drain system which means that longer hair is mostly to blame. The reason is that lengthy hair wraps around the drain making it difficult to shift.
What Are the Signs of a Clogged Drain?
The clear sign that you have a clogged shower drain is looking below and seeing a pool of water that shows no signs of going down. Depending on how quick the water drains, you might just find yourself more than ankle deep in water. And that’s something you don’t want to experience.
Once you start to notice water draining slower than usual, it’s best to take action sooner rather than later. The earlier you deal with the problem, the faster the issue is to resolve.
How to Clear a Clogged Shower Drain?
First off, you don’t need to call a plumber (yet) when you see the first signs of drain trouble. There are several solutions you can try to clear things up before making a call and spending money. Also, the solutions to the drain problem will have to depend on the kind of drain you have and the type of clog you have. For instance, if you feel that the clog you have is caused by hair, you can simply remove the drain stopper and start yanking out all those nasty bits.
However, not all drain clogs are caused by hair and sometimes, you have to make use of chemicals to clear it all up. That said, here are some of the ways to clear clogged drains:
Drain Clearing Method #1: Pouring Boiling Water Down The Drain Unlike hair that needs to be taken out, soap and grease that cause clog can be cleared by boiling water. Pouring down piping hot water clears the blockage allowing water to pass through. This is one of the simplest solutions to clearing clogged drains but only if the problem is caused by elements that can be melted down by hot water.
Sometimes, you will find yourself using this and a combination of other methods just to get your drain to clear. For example, you may take a ton of hair out but find your drain still clogging up so you pour down boiling water to see if it makes anything better. Again, if it still doesn’t work, you will have to either do this multiple times or move on to another method.
Drain Clearing Method #2: Using a Plunger A little bit of warning here: this method might not be successful for all kinds of drains. The level of success you achieve with this method depends on the kind of drain you have and reason for the blockage. For instance, if your clog is caused by a massive amount of hair, you will find it hard to get sufficient suction to make plunging a success.
That said, there are other things you can do to try and make it work. For example, you can add petroleum jelly to the edge of the suction pad so a better seal can be achieved.
Drain Clearing Method #3: Using Kitchen Ingredients Although using chemicals can be helpful in most cases, you can always turn to your kitchen for natural ways to get your drain cleared up. Two of the most reliable items from your cooking area are baking soda and vinegar. You don’t even have to whip up a solution for these two. Here’s how to use them:
Measure a cup of baking soda.
Measure a cup of vinegar.
Pour the cup of baking soda down the drain.
After a few minutes, pour the cup of vinegar down as well.
Using chemicals can damage plastic pipes, but vinegar and baking soda can be natural alternatives to that. However, this method isn’t always useful because it all has to depend on the level of clog you have on your drain. In short, you may still have to use chemicals if the blockage is much more worse.
Drain Clearing Method #4: Using Your Bare Hands There are other nasty stuff you can pull out of your drain other than hair. Since you may be dealing with pretty gross things, it’s advised that you always wear rubber gloves when manually pulling out clog.
But if you can’t get to the clog using your hands, you can improvise with some household items. For example, you can make a hook at the end of a wire coat hanger so you can reach for what’s blocking your drain.
Lastly, if you want a more effective method, try using a toilet jack, also called an electric eel or a plumbers’ snake. You just push the jack down the drain until it gets to the clog. Bring the jack back up by turning the handle. To make sure it was a success, run water to see if the drain still clogs up.
Drain Clearing Method #5: Using Chemicals Using chemicals should be your last resort because they can damage your drain. But it also can’t be denied that this method is relatively easy and the items are not that hard to find.
How to Prevent Future Clogs
Clogged drains are preventable. Here are two easy ways to minimize clogged drains:
1. Get a Drain Protector. Since hair is almost always the number one culprit for a clogged drain, having this in your bathroom prevents hair from causing blockage.
2. Buy a Soap Dish. Soap can cause clogs and they can also act as glue for hair to lump together. In addition, loose soap can cause accidents in the bathroom too. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Having a clogged drain can be a huge inconvenience. For one thing, it prevents you from using your kitchen or bathroom properly, which means you’ll have a hard time preparing your food or doing hygiene activities. It also exposes you to a wide range of bacteria and other kinds of germs since dirty water won’t be able to flow out of your home and will instead provide a haven for microorganisms.
Fortunately, there are ways to fix a clogged drain, and one of these is to use some of the things you have lying around your house. That’s right: more often than not, household objects can effectively help you remove clogs and keep your bathroom and kitchen in good shape. Some of these items include:
1. Vinegar, Baking Soda, And Salt
These are some of best materials to use when unclogging a drain because 1) they’re natural and won’t harm the environment and 2) they’re most likely already in your kitchen and are within easy reach. To use these materials, simply pour one cup of baking soda down into the drain (push the powder in if your drain is too clogged) and pour the one cup of vinegar afterwards. Doing these will create a chemical reaction that help dissolve whatever is clogging up your system.
Another technique you can use is to mix a half cup of salt with one cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Leave it alone overnight so the materials will have time to work on the clog. The next day, pour a couple of cups of hot boiling water and see if the clog is dislodged.
2. A Bowl Or a Cup
If your sink is clogged and has standing water in it, you can use a bowl or a cup to bail out the water (make sure to wear a pair of rubber gloves when doing so). Once your sink is empty, you can then pour baking soda down the drain and follow it up with vinegar. Don’t forget to discard the bowl or cup afterward to ensure you won’t accidentally use it for food or drinks.
3. A Plunger
You probably already have one in your supplies closet, so get it out and start pumping. Position it in a way that it completely covers the drain and, holding it upright, give it around ten vigorous pumps. Once you’re done, take out the plunger to see if the water can now flow through the drain; if the clog is still there, resume pumping until it becomes dislodged.
Remember that your plunger will work better if it’s surrounded by liquid so, if your drain doesn’t have standing water, add hot water to ensure your plunger functions properly.
4. A Wire Hanger
If you have metal wire hangers in your closet, get one and unbend it to form a straight piece of metal. Once you’re done, push the wire through your drain until it meets resistance. You can pull up the wire to try bringing up the clog along with it; if this doesn’t work, push the wire down so the clogged item goes through your pipes.
Use these household items now and see how they can help you unclog a drain.
Have you tried flushing the toilet just to realize it has a weak flush or one that is not working at all? You might need to remove the blockage that causes this problem. A clogged tub with standing water can be frustrating but when it’s the toilet in question, this can be more stressful. Without a plumber to fix it, a plunger or a plumber’s snake can do the job. But what if these two are not available?
A weak flush, overflowing toilet water and clogged toilet can be caused by many things. Aside from toilet paper, toys, cigarette butts and small pieces of soap thrown accidentally and otherwise, mineral deposits can build up on the rinse holes and create a problem.
At first, this can appear to be a challenge but you can easily get out of this situation by using some household items you already have. Here are five effective ways to unclog a toilet despite not having a snake or plunger in sight:
Use a Mirror And Coat Wire Hanger
First, check what material is causing the clogging of your toilet bowl. It might be a roll of almost used-up toilet paper which accidentally fell or it might be that mineral deposits have built up and preventing the water to flush easily. This is where a small mirror and the cleaners’ wire coat hanger come in handy. For mineral deposits, use the mirror to have a view of the holes and straighten the hanger to turn it into an improvised auger and use it to poke the holes. If the cause of the clog is an item that fell in the toilet bowl, straighten the hanger but create a hook at the tip to use it to pull the item out. This can fix the clogged toilet in no time.
Pour Dish Detergent And Hot Water
If you cannot find the plunger, half a cup of your dish detergent can be used as dissolving agent to dislodge the grime or material that might be keeping your toilet flush from doing its job. Pour the detergent and let it sit for a few minutes. It will work as an agent to loosen whatever is getting in the way. In the meantime, boil some water on your kettle for about 10 minutes. No need to have it boiling hot, just warm enough to remove the clog. When you pour it, you might want to do so a few inches from the rim to add some pressure. The heat from the water is effective to remove the clog. After this, try to flush again. This will keep your toilet flush up and running.
Create a Toilet Foam Bomb
Another fast remedy to a clogged toilet requires some resourcefulness on your part. Toilet bombs are powerful cleaning and unclogging materials you can do on your own. What’s great about these toilet fizzies is that you can make several at a time which you can put in a jar and keep for future use. Here are the ingredients and materials to use:
2 cups baking soda
Liquid dish detergent
¼ cup Epsom salt
Muffin liners (preferably silicone)
Procedure: First, mix the baking soda and Epsom salt using a stick or spoon. See to it that you do so just enough to avoid the two ingredients from clumping. Next, pour the liquid dish detergent, one teaspoon at a time while it turns into a consistency that likens wet sand. After this, put the muffin liners on the muffin tins and pour the mixture. Let it sit overnight to solidify the mixture. Remove the pieces and place them in a jar. For your clogged toilet, throw in a piece of the toilet bomb. Leave it for a few hours and pour down hot water to dissolve it. When this is done, flush your toilet. Toilet bombs are not only great in dislodging the clog but are also great toilet bowl cleaner.
Use Baking Soda And Vinegar
These two household items have many uses. Aside from being an all-time house cleaner, it can unclog tubs, sinks and toilets. An important thing to remember when using this technique is the use of equal parts of the two items. Also, check on the severity of the problem. A minor clog calls for pouring the baking soda and vinegar in one sweep. If the problem is more than simple clogging, you will have to use these ingredients several times. For major clogging, you might want to pour half a cup or more of baking soda in the toilet bowl. Afterwards, add the same amount if vinegar. You will hear and see it fizzle. Let it sit for a time, just enough to loosen the materials clogging your toilet. Then pour a pot of hot water and wait for the result. If the clog is not yet dislodged totally, pour water several times more. You will hear a sound and see that the toilet will drain water on its own. Next, flush the toilet to check if it’s already working as expected.
Take Hold Of a Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner
Another effective way to unclogging your toilet is your vacuum cleaner, the wet/dry model. First, shut the toilet water off. Next, with your wet vacuum cleaner, suck the clogged items in your toilet. The power from the vacuum cleaner can remove whatever is blocking the way. To ensure nothing is left to clog it, turn the water back on and pour a gallon of hot water to dislodge remaining stuff. Sufficient water will drain your toilet naturally.
Here are some guidelines to avoid clogging your toilet: 1. Always keep it covered to prevent toys and other items from accidentally falling in your toilet.
2. Clear your water closet from items like soap holders, shampoos, toilet paper rolls and the like. These can be easily knocked off and fall directly into the bowl.
3. Place a garbage bin in your toilet so people using it will not be tempted to intentionally throw used toilet paper and other items into the toilet bowl that can cause clogging.
There are several options of getting your clogged toilet fixed even without a snake or plunger. You just have to choose what works best for you.
More often than not, a clogged kitchen sink causes several inches of standing water to float around. This can be a huge problem since this water is dirty and can expose you to bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. In some cases, it also gets in the way and makes it harder for you to remove the clog.
Luckily, there’s no need to fret since there are several ways to solve a clogged kitchen sink with standing water. These include:
1. Using Commercial Cleaners
Many drain cleaners are gel-based, which means they’re heavier than water and will sink down to the bottom, reach the clog, and do their magic. As a result, there’s no need for you to remove the standing water in your sink. Just pour the drain cleaner and wait for it to remove the clog.
2. Using Plungers
Commercial drain cleaners are great, but they may not be at the top of your list if you’re concerned about the environment and want to use only eco-friendly products in your home. If this is the case, there’s no need to worry since there are many other solutions you can explore to remove the clog in your drain.
One of your options is to use a plunger. It’s actually one of the best solutions around since it requires the presence of water to work properly, so you don’t have to bail out the standing water in your sink. Place the plunger over your drain and position it in such a way that it will completely cover the drain opening. Once it’s in place, work it up and down vigorously for around ten times. Pull it off from the drain quickly to see if the water can now flow through it. If it’s still blocked, repeat the steps above until the clog is dislodged.
3. Using Vinegar And Baking Soda
These two ingredients are some of the best natural home cleaners, and they also work well as clog removers. But here’s the thing: for them to work properly, you need to empty your sink of any standing water. So, if you’re planning to use vinegar and baking soda, you’ll need to get an old cup or bowl and start bailing out water from your sink. Don’t forget to wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from the dirty water and stay away from germs.
Once you’ve emptied your sink, get a cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Push the powder in with a wooden stick to ensure it reaches the clog. After getting all the baking soda in, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain. You can put on the sink stopper to make sure the vinegar will flow down to the clog. Wait for ten minutes or so to give the ingredients time to react and break down the clog; after ten minutes, run hot water down the drain and see if it already functions properly.
Having a clogged sink with standing water can be a huge hassle, but you can fix the problem by taking the steps listed above.
No matter how well and often you clean your home, it may still contain bad odors. Many of these are relatively harmless, like the aroma of a long-forgotten vase with rotting flowers, the lingering stench of burnt food, or the fragrance of your cat’s litter box. However, some of these smells can be dangerous, such as the odor of sewer gas (also known as hydrogen sulfide). This type of gas isn’t only unpleasant but can also be incredibly harmful since it can cause headaches, dizziness, and even respiratory problems like sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. If you notice this in your house, you need to take action ASAP.
The first thing you should do is to understand your home’s sewer system. It basically has two parts: a p-trap (which contains water that acts as a seal or barrier to keep sewer gas out) and a vent (which allows hydrogen sulfide to escape harmlessly through the roof). If either of these parts are blocked or damaged, you’ll definitely detect sewer gas in your home.
With these in mind, do your homework and find out where the unpleasant odor is coming from. If you have a rarely used drain in your home, it probably is the cause of your sewer gas problem. This comes from the fact that drains have to be frequently used so the p-trap will always have water in it and maintain the seal. If a drain is unused for a long period of time, the water seal dries up and sewer gas can freely flow into your house.
Fix the Issue
If this is the case, you can try a home remedy that may help you fix the problem. These are the steps you must take:
1. Pour a cup of vinegar into the unused drain. 2. Follow it up with one-fourth cup of baking soda. 3. Leave the drain for a couple of hours to let the vinegar and baking soda set. 4. After two hours or so, pour a gallon hot water down the drain. After this, turn on the shower and allow cold water to flow down the drain for ten minutes or so. 5. Pour a half-cup of chlorine bleach down the drain. Leave for a couple of hours. 6. When the time is up, repeat step number four. 7. Pour around eight tablespoons of cooking oil into the drain. This will “cover” the water in the p-trap, preventing it from evaporating, maintaining the water seal, and helping keep sewer gas away.
If you don’t have an unused drain, your sewer gas problem might stem from blocked vents. You can check by carefully climbing up your roof and seeing if your vents are blocked by leaves, dirt, or even a dead bird or squirrel. If they are clogged, remove the things that are blocking them; if the vents are clear upon inspection, pour water down them using a garden hose to remove the obstruction. If they stay clogged, use a stick or a sewer auger to clear the blockage.
If you’ve taken these steps but to no avail, it’s definitely the right time to call the plumber. This way, you’ll have a professional who’ll take a look at your sewer system and fix the problem ASAP.
If you’ve been a homeowner for years, you probably depend on drain cleaner products like Drano to remove clogs from sinks and tubs. This isn’t really surprising since these cleaners have been proven time and again to really work and have helped numerous people deal with clogs over the years.
But here’s what you should know: there are several techniques you can use to dislodge clogs and keep your drains in good shape ― without having to use commercial drain cleaners! Here are several strategies you can implement:
Plunge Your Plumbing Worries Away
You probably already have a plunger in your house, so go ahead and use it. If you don’t, a quick run to your local hardware or home improvement store will let you buy a plunger. Once you have this tool on hand, you need to:
1. Place it over your drain and ensure that it completely covers the opening. There’s no need to remove standing water; in fact, if your sink or tub is dry, it’s better to fill it with hot water since it will help the plunger do its job.
2. Once it’s in place, pump the plunger up and down vigorously several times (six to ten times is enough).
3. Take it off to see if the drain is now okay; if the clog is still there, repeat the steps until it’s dislodged.
Achieve Victory With Vinegar
You probably already know that vinegar is good for cleaning mirrors and refrigerator shelves. Its talents don’t stop there, though, since it can also remove clogs when paired with baking soda. If you’re ready to start, here are some of the steps you must take:
1. Ensure the sink or tub is completely dry. If it has standing water, scoop it up using a cup or a bowl. (Make sure that it’s an old or damaged cup or bowl that you can throw away afterward.)
2. Once area is dry, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. You may have to push it down with a stick or a spatula if the drain is too clogged.
3. Pour a cup of vinegar into the drain. If it doesn’t flow down, use a stopper to force it down towards the clog.
4. Wait five to ten minutes for the vinegar and baking soda to work. Once the time is up, pour hot water into the drain to check if the clog is still there or not. Repeat the steps until the clog is dislodged.
Say “Sayonara” To Clogs With Salt
Salt is a staple for cooks, but it should also be a staple for homeowners who want to fight clogs. To you use it, you can:
1. Get one-half cup of salt and one cup of baking soda. Mix them well and pour down the drain.
2. Don’t use your drain overnight to let the mixture work on the clog.
3. The next morning, pour two cups of hot water down the drain to check if the clog is still present or not. Repeat steps one, two, and three until the clog disappears.
Explore these solutions to unclog your drain without using commercial drain cleaners!
You would notice the warning signs—water pooling around your feet, the sink taking it a little longer to drain, and strange and unpleasant odors—these things tell you that you will be facing a clogged-drain problem sooner or later. And then it happened, and you need to deal with it quickly or else suffer more serious issues, such as a burst pipe, not to mention a useless bath. Now, remember that liquid plumbers will not be of any help when you want a quick solution to a clog, so what should you do? Here are ways to unclog a shower drain without chemicals:
Cleaning the Pipe
Unlike other types of plumbing work, de-clogging a shower drain is just easy to do—you can just clean the pipe! Underneath the U-shaped pipe, which is located beneath the sink, place an empty bucket to collect the spilling water. Use a wrench to loosen the slip nuts at both ends of the pipe and remove it. Then, turn the pipe upside down in order to empty its contents into the bucket, where you may also need to insert your finger into it to find some debris. Free it up of some gunk with an old toothbrush, rinse it, put it all back together, and you are done!
Using a Bent Wire Hanger
Though it sounds very simple, it is surprisingly effective! Get a wire coat hanger, straighten it out and then bend one end over in order to create a small hook. Push it past the cover of the drain and start fishing some debris, particularly hair and other nasty stuff out of the hole. Take note that you should be pulling these things out and not pushing them down farther. After you removed as much debris as you can, run the drain with hot water to clear things up.
Using a Wet and Dry Vacuum
Do you have a wet and dry shop vacuum? Good! You may not know it, but it is a very handy tool in unclogging drains. Set it to vacuum liquids and cover its vents up to avoid making a mess. Also, you need to improvise the tightest seal to use over the drain, an old plunger head perhaps? All things set, turn the vacuum on its highest setting to ensure it is powerful enough to suck up the clog.
Using the Drain Snake
Though it is a fairly low-tech piece of equipment, the drain snake can work wonders in removing clogs from shower drains.
Pouring Some Boiling Water
Nothing gets easier than this. Just boil up as much water as your kettle can hold and pour it slowly down the shower drain 2, 3 or more times, allowing the hot water to work its magic for a several seconds after each pour. Most of the time, this is the quickest and easiest way to unclog a shower drain.
There you have it! You can now unclog a shower drain without the use of those chemicals.