Show us a homeowner or a renter and we will show you someone who has had to combat clogged drains at some point in their life. Even if you are extra, extra careful about what you send down your drains, clogs still happen. While we are happy to bust your clog for you, we know there are more than a few DIY individuals out there who would prefer to tackle the problem themselves before calling in professional backup. Your best bet will be following Parker & Son 3 priceless drain cleaning tips.
- Agitation Time
A nasty clog may need to be broken up and agitated before you can do anything else. A drain snake is the perfect tool for this. Thread it into the drain until you meet resistance, then push on through. By vigorous as you are agitating and busting the clog. We suggest rotating the snake as you are working through the clog for best results.
- Homemade Solutions
We recommend using a homemade drain busting solution before resorting to one of those harsh, commercial chemicals compounds. Often, vinegar and baking soda will do the trick. One of the coolest parts about this, is that you don’t even need to mix the solution before pouring it down the drain. Start by pouring ½ a cup of baking soda, then follow it with ½ a cup of white vinegar. The mixture will bubble up and foam and hopefully start eating away at the drain.
- Rinse and repeat
After you have agitated the clog and used your homemade drain busting solution, it is time to flush the drain with hot water. Bring about 6 cups of water to a near boil then pour gradually down the drain. It is important to note, if you have plastic piping, NEVER pour boiling water down your drain.
If these steps don’t work, tip #4 is to call Parker & Sons to schedule an inspection!