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Clogged Drains and What to Do About Them

No matter if it’s in your kitchen or bathroom, a clogged drain can be a huge annoyance. Clogged drains not only can generate a funky smell but they can also cause water backups leading to further damage.

Fortunately, for you, clearing clogged drains is a fairly simple task. Here are some quick DIY strategies on how to fix those pesky clogged drains.

Clogged Drains

Use a Plunger

Plungers are actually a pretty useful tool for unclogging drains, not just toilets. Small mini plungers at the department store can cost as little as $5 and you can keep them nearby in a kitchen cabinet or bathroom closet.

First, clean the area around the drain with a cloth so the plunger can create an airtight seal. Place the plunger over the drain and fill the sink with just enough water to cover the rubber suction cup. Use sharp up-and-down motions to work the clog out of the drain. If you remove the plunger and the sink drains, you were successful. Run some hot water through the sink afterward.

Snake the Drain

Most plumbers have a snaking tool that lets them unclog drains. Small plumber’s snakes can run anywhere from $20-$100.

Start by feeding the snake into the drain. It may help if you have a separate source of light so you can see where it is going. Start cranking the handle to drive the tip further in the pipe, working your way past any curves or bends. You should feel some resistance when you hit the actual clog. As you crank the handle, the auger should break through the clog. Once finished, flush the drain with hot water.

Use DIY Drain Cleaner

You don’t have to buy an expensive drain cleaner with harsh chemicals to flush out clogs. You can make a safe DIY drain cleaner with common household materials. For some clogs, simple boiled water will do the trick. Bring a pot of water to a light boil and slowly pour it down the drain. If the blockage clears, then it will start draining.

If hot water doesn’t do the trick, then add in some baking soda and white vinegar. Put in the baking soda first then the vinegar, Plug the drain with a  rag and wait for the solution to expand and pass through the pipes Flush with warm water afterward.


Clogged drains can be annoying but they don’t require a professional to bust There are lots of cheap and easy ways to unclog your drains without paying for expensive professional work. For more information related to clogged drains, Contact West End Plumbing at 954-741-5271.