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Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

Updated on July 11, 2013


Many people cringe at the thought of using toxic chemicals in the home. Liquid remedies for clogged drains on the market contain strong chemicals to remove the grease, dirt, and hair that may be causing the clog. Personally, I have nothing against using the commercial clogged drain remedies if necessary, but why not try some home remedies for plumbing problems first?

Preventing Clogs

There may be a drain in your house that tends to drain slower than the rest. Perhaps, this drain is prone to getting clogged. Using a weekly home remedy to prevent clogs can save you from the hassle of clogged drains.

Once a week, boil water with salt added to it and pour it down the drain to prevent clogged drains. Be careful not to let the hot water splash when it is poured into the sink. All sinks and bathtubs in the house can be treated weekly with this remedy to prevent clogs.

One home remedy to prevent clogs is to pour a can of Coca-cola down a drain that tends to drain slowly. This can help remove some of the debris causing the slowness and prevent the clog from forming. This clog prevention technique should be repeated every week. After pouring Coca-cola down the drain, wait twenty minutes before flushing the drain with hot water.

If a slow-draining sink has a stopper that is removable, the person may want to check the end of the stopper to make sure that there isn't a buildup of dirt and debris on the end of the stopper. The stopper can be cleaned with an old toothbrush or rag.

Get Rid of Clogs

 Once a drain becomes clogged, the clog can either be removed physically or dissolved with chemicals or hot water. Physical methods push or pull the clog out of the pipe. These include using a snake or plunger. Dissolving the clog can be done with commercial drain cleaners or home remedies for clogs.

Hot water is a common clogged drain home remedy. Some people use a coffee maker to heat the water which then makes it easy to pour the hot water down the drain. Boiling water on the stove is another option.

Some mild clogs can be removed with a plunger. If the drain has an attached stopper, the stopper needs to be removed before using the plunger. A plunger cannot be used on any drains that have a stopper that is connected permanently to the drain. The plunger simply closes the stopper and therefore won't remove the clog.

Here is a video made by a plumber that shows an effective way to remove a clog with a plunger.

Bleach is sometimes used as a way to get rid of clogs. If there is water in the sink or bathtub that is clogged, use a bucket or disposable cup to remove as much of the water as possible. This allows the bleach to work without being diluted by the water. Some people allow bleach to sit on top of the clog for fifteen minutes and then flush the drain with hot water for fifteen minutes.

I hope these clogged drain tips help. If the drain is still clogged or slow, Drdrip may need to be consulted. For more information, here is a helpful Hubpages article called Natural Remedies for Plumbing Problems.


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      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. Nice tips on using home remedies instead of harsh chemicals. Never thought about trying coca-cola to prevent a clog from forming. Thanks for sharing this information.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Sheila Wilson 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      From what I saw in my research, there are two main options for treating a drain with a stopper without using a plumber. One of them is to remove the stopper with a screwdriver and use a plunger. However, I would NEVER trust myself to do this because it can be very easy to drop the screw down the drain.

      What I would do is remove as much water as possible with a bucket or cup. If you click the link to my other hub about Natural Remedies for Clogged Drains, I would try the vinegar and baking soda method that I explain in that article. Good luck!

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      Kim Lee 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, this was very helpful when I get the next sink clog. I have however, a clogged bathtub with a connected stopper that has standing water in it. Any ideas?


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