When a drain clogs, it's a huge hassle for homeowners. Water doesn't go down, pooling leaves soap scum and debris in bathtubs and sinks, and it's messy and irritating overall. Here are three ways to unclog your drains, so you can get your drains back to normal.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
The first option is to use baking soda and vinegar to clean out clogged up drains. Start by pouring boiling water down the drain to see if it drains or backs up. Once it's in the drain, pour in a half cup of baking soda and allow it to settle. After that's done, you can add a cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water on top the baking soda. This should cause it to have a chemical reaction that bubbles. You should cover the drain with the plug if you have one, or pull the tab to seal off the plug. You should leave this concoction to work for about ten minutes before opening up the drain and pouring another pot of hot water down it.
The goal of this process is to loosen up grime and sludge, but it may not work on drains that are too far gone.
Use a Wire Hanger
The next option is to use a wire hanger to pull gunk out of the drain. All you need to do is to unwrap a wire hanger and make sure there is a hook that can fit into the drain on one end. Fit the hook down the drain, twist it around. Pull it out, and you could find that you've pulled out the problematic clog.
Use a Zip It
A zip it is a plastic stick designed for a one-time use for cleaning out a drain. The plastic stick has barbs that face upward, so as you pull it out of the drain, it grabs anything around it and pulls those pieces of debris out of the drain. This method is particularly good for drains where hair could be the issue, since the small barbs pull out even the longest hairs without dropping them.
These are a few easy ways to clean minor to moderate clogs. If you have a more serious clog to get rid of, it may be best to have a plumber come out with professional equipment or to use stronger chemicals to break down the materials in the drain.