If you have a clogged drain, your first go-to is probably a plunger.
But sometimes a clog can be so stubborn, it will not budge. Fortunately, there are some natural options you can pour down a drain that might unclog it. Most of these solutions do not even require a trip to a Vermont hardware store — you likely have them in your kitchen.
This may sound great, but the effectiveness of these solutions all depends on what is clogging up your drain. For example, these techniques might not work on serious clogs caused by grease buildup.
Remember, when you come across a clogged drain, call Plumbers 911 Vermont to be connected to a trusted residential plumbing contractor.
Baking soda and vinegar
This is a pretty cool science trick that will not only impress the kids, but is especially effective on bathroom sinks. Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda down the drain. The mixture will start to fizz immediately, which can help push out the grime and gunk blocking your drain. Let it sit for a few minutes to completely work its way through your pipes.
Once the baking soda and vinegar have coursed through your pipes, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain and add in a few squirts of dish soap for good measure. This can be especially great for grease clogs. The heat of the water, combined with the dish soap, will cut right through the grease.
Baking soda and salt
Baking soda and salt is another effective way to remove clogs. Mix about half a cup of each and pour the concoction down the drain. Wait about 15 minutes and follow this up with boiling water. The three components combine to create a chemical reaction that can force out a tricky clog.
Salt, baking soda, Borax and vinegar
This is for the mother of all clogs. Pour in a quarter cup each of salt, vinegar and Borax. Pour it down the drain and let it sit for about half an hour. Next, pour the vinegar down the drain and let it sit for about 20 minutes, to work its way through the pipes. After 20 minutes, add in a pot of boiling water.
Still clogged? Call a Vermont plumber!
Some clogs are too stubborn for DIY fixes and in these instances, only a professional plumber will be able to remove the clog. When this happens, get your sink and life back to normal by calling Plumbers 911 Vermont.
Plumbers 911 is a network of professional plumbing contractors who can perform emergency plumbing in most parts of Vermont! Give Plumbers 911 a call, and we will refer you to a fully vetted, professional plumber in Vermont near you.
Clean unclogged drain pipes are only a phone call away.