If you are dealing with a clogged drain, your gut instinct may be to call a professional to unclog it. This is especially true if you are a first-time homeowner and you have never dealt with a clogged drain before. However, there are many easy and cheap ways you can unclog a drain all on your own. So before you pick up the phone and call a professional plumber, here are three DIY tactics to try:
Grab your kettle or a pot and boil as much water as the kettle or pot will hold. Once the water is boiling, start pouring it slowly into the drain. Only pour half of it down the drain at a time. Allow the water to work its way down into the drain for 10 to 15 seconds before pouring the second half.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
This method not only works to unclog your drain, but it also works to clean it. Start by boiling a kettle of hot water. Once it comes to a boil, pour it down your drain. Follow that boiling water with half a cup of baking soda. Allow it to sit in your drain for several minutes. Next, mix one cup of hot water and one cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Use a drain plug to cover the drain. Allow this mixture to sit in the drain for about 10 minutes. While you're waiting, have another kettle of water on the stove boiling. After 10 minutes, pour that pot of boiling water down the drain. This process works because of the fizzing reaction that the vinegar and baking soda create together.
To use your wet and dry shop vacuum to unclog your drain, the first thing you need to do is remove the filter inside the shop vac. This filter is for when you use the shop vac to vacuum up dry materials, such as dirt, sawdust, etc. If you fail to remove this filter, you could essentially ruin it when it gets wet. Next, you will to take the vacuum hose and place it into the drain opening. Now, you need to get a towel and create as tight of a seal as you can around the end of the vacuum hose. This will help minimize any mess that may be created when you begin to try to suck up the clog out of the drain.
When the above DIY tactics don't work or you simply don't feel comfortable trying to unclog the drain yourself, call a local drain cleaning service in your area for professional assistance.