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Help My Drain is Clogged!

Here are four ways to unclog your drain using non-chemical agents.

Clogged drains are usually caused by human negligence. Let’s face it, most of the time we are not mindful of what we are throwing or putting down our drains. Common causes are grease, coffee grounds, meat, pasta, rice and a whole lot more.

The solution doesn’t have to always be chemical draining agents. Come to think of it, cleaners with chemical agents can damage animals and plants as they get washed away into the sewer all the way to the local waterways, not to mention they contain sulfuric acid and lye that can create lethal fumes. This is verified by studies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As drain clogs are inevitable in all homes, you are not alone in your dilemma. Thankfully there are effective and natural ways that will help you in unclogging that drain. Here are four of them:

# 1 Using a Plunger or Wire Hanger

Using a plunger or wire hanger for your clogged drain is probably the simplest and most familiar technique that most people use. Many homes in America use a plunger in their toilet, but it is highly recommended to use another plunger exclusively designed for unclogging sinks. It is easier to maneuver in dense areas as well as small enough to keep under your sink, so it is quite handy. The right way to use it is to make sure that the sink opening is sealed entirely with the plunger while pumping slowly. It creates a vacuum effect which can nudge the clog. By pushing the plunger up and down slowly again and again and suddenly pulling it up quickly, it can help break the clog and get the drain to continue flowing.
Now if that doesn’t work, try using a wire hanger. By straightening your coat hanger, try to forcefully push it down your drain to help break clogs. Just keep pushing until you succeed in breaking up the clog.

#2 Using Hot Water and Dish Soap

Another effective technique for unclogging the drain is by the use of hot water and dish soap. This practice works very well if the clog is due to grease. Simply squirt dish soap down the drain, then pour in boiling water. This should remove the greasy clogs from your sink.

#3 Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Another effective and natural solution to your clogged drain is with the use of one cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with one tbsp. of baking soda. Pouring this fusion down the drain should help in breaking up the clog and clearing your drain. In using this method, be sure to protect your hands with the use of rubber gloves.

#4 Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

This combination has been used not only in unclogging drains but also for many home problems. As white vinegar is acid and baking soda a base, their combination can create a chemical reaction that will eat through clogs. First, remove any debris in your drain. Then pour ¾ cup of baking soda in the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar, then cover immediately with a plug or rag. Let it sit for around 30 minutes. While waiting, boil some water. After waiting for 30 minutes, remove the rag and slowly pour boiling water over the drain. Repeat the process if necessary.

Hopefully one of the above methods to unclog a drain will work. If not, you may need to call on the services of a plumber.