4 DIY tips to unclog your drain


A stopped-up drain or even a hdb kitchen floor trap choke? This will definitely happen to any home plumbing system and your house is no exception. We all know that drain is an important but often taken for granted and overlooked asset in your home as most people don’t engage in regular drain maintenance cleaning.

If it is left without attention for too long, a lot of unpleasantries can happen such as bad smell, germs and bacteria, worst case is flooding. The clog won’t go away on it’s own and will require your quick attention to keep any standing water from rising. While it is not the most delightful job in the world, it is necessary you know what to do when this happens. Fortunately, maintaining the sanitation of your drain is made easy with using simple kitchen staples or common household items.

So here are 4 DIY tips to unclog your drain at home:

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Declogger

– The wonders of baking soda and vinegar! Most people know the old science project of mixing vinegar and baking soda to cause a chemical reaction for your model volcano, but what many do not know is that it can be a powerful combination that can be used to clean your drains. Plus these two are items we already have in our homes and are indeed cheap if ever you need to buy new ones. If you don’t know, baking soda and vinegar break down fatty acids from food and soap build up into simpler matter that can be easily flushed down the drain.

So here is how you use them:

– Pour two ounces of baking soda and five ounces of vinegar into your drain. Cover with a towel or a dirty rag while the solution bubbles. Wait five to ten minutes, then flush the drain with very hot water. Repeat all these until the drain is clear.

2. Boiling Water

– Probably the easiest and cheapest solution of them all, which maybe makes it the best one to try first, don’t get any easier than this, right? If you don’t already know, hot water washes away any fresh build up, allowing it to flow through the drain, compared to them sticking in the sides of the drain. So first, place the kettle with water on the stove or microwave and bring it to a rolling boil. While waiting for the water to boil, remove as much standing water from the drain or sink as much as you can. Once the water is boiling, pour it slowly down the drain and wait, if the water stands and clog doesn’t move, give it more time. It may take you two or more times to do this, allow the hot water for a couple of minutes before pouring again.

3. Closet Hanger

– A metal hanger is, again, something we have in our homes. We all don’t have a plumber’s snake, so the best alternative option is to use a wire coat hanger. So the look in your closet for a wire hanger, first thing you will need to do is unbend the hanger and straighten it out, you can use a needle-nose pliers if you have one. Then bend one end slightly to form a small handle or a loop, so this will serve as the hook for when you fish down the drain to try pulling things out and not push the clogged matter further. Stick the hook end as far as you can go in the drain, rotating and jiggling it to make sure all the gunk has been caught. Be careful not to scratch your sink when using the wire. It is not a delightful chore but it is worth it to get rid of the blockage.

4. Drain Maintenance

– On-going or regular maintenance would be the best and easy tip for me. You should not wait until your drain gets clogged before you remove all the gunk out from it. You can do this once a week by simply cleaning all your sink stoppers, drain screens, surfaces and pouring boiling hot water down your drain. Or you can also pour two packets of dry yeast plus a pinch of salt, followed by boiling hot water. This will definitely help break up stubborn gunk and hair which will help you save from calling the plumber.

Use these easy tips in order to maintain the long term health of your drains and avoid creating large and expensive plumbing problems later down the road.