Nothing is more frustrating than to be in a hurry and either a kitchen or bathroom drain slows down to a crawl or stops up altogether. Knowing the most natural and simplest approaches to fixing the problem quickly will help get the day or night off to a better start.
Use the regular methods and one of the most common methods with the use of a plunger. Just utilize extreme caution if you have poured any chemicals in the drain previously. You are using what some call the 'kiss approach.'
Water and Air
If the drain isn't completely clogged, try using boiling water down the drain to help break it up.
Use an air compressor and attempt to blow the clog out of the drain. You could place a rag on one end while you force air through the line. This should clear the line and can be done even if the drain has water still in it.
If you don't have a compressor, try using the water hose from the yard. If enough pressure is applied, the clog may flush away without additional work.
If you have a solid clog such as a buildup of hair, you might need to break down the pipe and clean it well.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
These two natural ingredients make a great cleaning or clearing companion for unclogging a slow drain. Begin by pouring approximately three-quarter to one cup of baking soda into the clogged pipe. Some recommend adding a cup of salt to the soda mixture. To activate the mixture, pour one-half cup of vinegar into the drain. Leave it working for about thirty minutes. At that time, rinse the drain. It is okay to repeat the process if needed.
Are you in a new home? The drain might not have been properly cleaned after the house was completed. Remove the grating in the shower or sink. Then, use a shop-vac to clean the drainage pipe. Be sure to run some hot water down the drain after you have vacuumed it completely.
These are some of the basic remedies to eliminate that slow drain, whether it is in the kitchen or bathroom. It is annoying and unhealthy for drains to continue backing up. Preventive maintenance is the best fix for the problem. It may take a bit more time to do the work, but you and your family will be glad for the special effort.