So you have a clogged drain. It happens to us all, and will happen again, and fixing this may not require the help of a professional. DIY solutions may not always be the best idea when it comes to extensive home repairs, but a clogged drain is always worth a try. If you have clogged drains in Bethpage, NY, it may be worth checking out a few of our ideas below before calling in the big guns for professional service.
- Run Hot Water: Nothing gets easier than this. Try running hot water, and let it sit in the drain. If that doesn’t work, try boiling water. Either way, the theory is the same: the extra heat in the water can potentially help break down any grease or organic buildup in the drain. Allowing it to sit for 15 minutes or so should do the trick, and if not, it’s time to move onto a more robust solution.
- The Baking Soda + Vinegar Trick: Everyone knows the age-old science experiment of baking soda and vinegar. What many don’t know, however, is this childhood science project can help unclog drains. Take ⅓ a cup of baking soda and ⅓ a cup of vinegar. Mix them into the drain, and watch as they begin to fizz. Allow this to sit for at least an hour, but preferably overnight, then was with hot water. Chances are if your clog is grease-based, this will break it up and clear your drains with ease. Plus you get to relive that 4th grade science fair where your paper mache volcano took home the gold.
- Make Your Own Drain Rod: If the clogged drains seem to be caused by something more substantial than grease, you may need to physically get in there and fish it out. Why pay for a professional, or buy an expensive tool, when you can make something at home? I guarantee you have the parts. All you need is….an old wire hanger. Take it apart, and make it straight, but put a small hook at the end. You now have an incredibly effective (and cheap) plumbing tool you can use to clean your drain. Inset the new DIY drain cleaner into the drain, and use it to scoop out whatever is clogging it. Simple as that.
- The Plunge(r): Everyone knows about the plunger, which is potentially the most notorious of all plumbing tools. What many don’t know, however, is how to use one. First, make sure it is the right kind. An effective plunger has the round suction cup on the bottom that sticks out, not just the typical looking cartoonish plunger shape. A local hardware store should have them. Next, you need a few small towels. Wet these and put them around any drain overflows you have. This will help keep the suction from the plunger as it does its Now, leave a little water over the drain, put the plunger over it and into the water, and push down to create suction. Now pull up in rapid movements to create pressure to clear the drain. Continue this until the drain is cleared, or you realize the job may require professional assistance.
Some drain clogs are going to be terrible and require the pros. Others, however, can be simply fixed at home. When it does come time to call a pro for clogged drains in Bethpage, NY, dial Gold Star Service as your local provider.