Drain Cleaning

More Ways to Unclog a Drain  

Before you call out the big guns, namely a professional drain cleaning company, why not try the following tips.

Water And Salt

Pour some boiling water down your drain, then chase it with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt. Leave this to sit for a minute, and then follow it with some more boiling water. The water and salt mixture should, in theory, help break up the clog.

A Wet And Dry Vacuum

If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum, you could try sucking up the clog. Place the vacuum nozzle over the drain and create a tight seal, then switch on your vacuum to the “wet” setting.

Unscrew The Trap

Place a bucket under the sink to catch any water that leaks out. Then, unscrew the trap and clean it out. If the clog is in there, you are all set. If not, try using a drain snake or a solid tubular object to push the clog through the drain and out the pipe.


This has a similar fizzing effect as vinegar and baking soda. Drop a few tablets of Alka-Selzer in the sink, and then chase it up with some vinegar. Leave it to sit for a couple of minutes, then flush with some boiling water.

Drain Snake

If you’ve tried other methods and they have all failed, you will need to invest in a drain snake. Push this down the drain and rotate the handle as you do so. Once you feel the resistance from the clog, maneuver the snake until you can feel it pulling the clog up and out.

Drain Refresher

To keep your drain free from odors, a mixture of baking soda, salt, and some cream of tartar. Pour this down the drain and leave it sit for a while. Then, pour some boiling water down the drain and switch on your faucet. Let the hot water run then switch it to cold for a minute. Do this every month to keep your drains clean!

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