how do I clear up my drain, which drains sooooo slowly?

  8 answers
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 12, 2012
    Gretchen, you could try vinegar and baking soda which works if it is not a terrible problem. We use Rid X monthly to keep drains operational.

  • Evelyn R Evelyn R on Apr 12, 2012
    I boil about 2 qts. water and pour it down as fast as it'll go then use the white vinegar and baking soda. Then I follow it with more boiling water with some dish detergent squirted in it. Like Sherrie says, it'll work if it's not a major problem.

  • Sun79032 Sun79032 on Apr 12, 2012
    Does it have a stopper in the middle? If so have you cleaned that out?

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 12, 2012
    Gretchen, is it the kitchen drain or where is the drain running slowly?

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 16, 2012
    Kitchen or bath? each area has their own kitchens it is normally a grease build up issue and running a lot of boiling / extra hot water can do wonders. In the bath the slow drains are caused by hair balls 99% of the time...snaking or pulling the traps and then running the hot to clear soap residues normally get things flowing again. I tend to run the hot on full for a few minute (10 gallons worth) every 6 months or so in my kitchen...this clears the entire line to my septic. a gallon or so only clears the traps at the sink...then the lines further down stream can clog up as the grease is cooled.

  • Ramesh Ramesh on Feb 02, 2015
    After reading most of the comments, and trying out a couple of them by myself from which I did not get the expected result. I googled and found a very handy easy to use and toxic free product, Drain-FX ( ), it is a miracle product, so easy to use and has a step by step easy to use instruction on the package itself. It only took me hardly 2 minutes to connect the hose from the tap to the shower and let go the high pressurized water through the drain using your Drain-FX Plus plumbing tool, wow! it did the work the water gushed out through the drain and cleared all the clog in the drain within seconds. Believe if I had called a plumber he would have charged me at least 100 dollars for this job to get done. This is a Do It Yourself experience no chemicals or toxic materials involved totally Eco-friendly. I would recommend to anyone who is expecting a problem with their sink or has one now itself.

  • Suzanne Johnson Suzanne Johnson on Jul 09, 2015
    I have been using vinegar and baking soda for the drains for a long time but have never used the boiling water and so I got up and started the process. I am sure that this will make the difference of improving a clean "older" drain without chemicals being used. Suzanne

  • Michelle Michelle on Jul 09, 2015
    vinegar and baking soda with hot water, I clean my drains each month with the solution