How unstop a drain?

  17 answers
  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Aug 15, 2020

    10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains

    1. The Bent Wire Hanger. Simple enough, but surprisingly effective. ...
    2. Baking Soda and Vinegar. Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. ...
    3. The Wet & Dry Vacuum. ...
    4. Boiling Water. ...
    5. Caustic Soda. ...
    6. Cleaning the Pipe. ...
    7. The Drain Snake. ...
    8. Salt and Baking Soda.

  • Pour boiling water down the drain. Then add a half cup of baking soda and let it sit for a minute. Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water down the drain. Cover loosely and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Pour another pot of boiling water down the drain to flush out the clog.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 15, 2020

    Which drain is it? Kitchen, bathroom, toilet...

    Generally start with a plunger, the one with a cup to fit over the drain, if that does not work. A wire clothes hanger that is straightened out with a small hook at the end can do wonders, especially if there is hair involved in like in a shower drain.

    Some people like to use baking soda and vinegar on clogs, it usually has mixed results and I would not suggest it on grease clogs. BS and vinegar do not dissolve grease.

    A product like Drano can also help, it eats it's way through clogs.

    Another method is to use dish soap and hot water, be careful to not get the water too hot, it can melt the glue that has held pvc pipes together, or melt the wax ring on your toilet,creating a further problem.

    The next step would be to snake the drain, you can get this at a diy store.

    If no luck with any of these, call in a plumber.

    Best to you.

  • Patty Patty on Aug 15, 2020

    I use baking soda, white vinegar, followed by boiling water. If I ever have any left over boiling water (any reason), I pour it down my sink.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Aug 15, 2020

    You can buy small drain cleaning snake to pull out hair and gunk. However, if the drain cleaners don't do the job, I would just remove and clean out the P-Trap under the sink. Put a pan or bucket under it, loosen the 2 nuts, and pull the trap down into the bucket to catch water. The trap can be cleaned out and rinsed, then re-assemble.

  • Shona M. Aycock Shona M. Aycock on Aug 15, 2020

    You can get a “snake” tool at the Dollar Tree ($1) and try that. It works great.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 15, 2020

    Before you start calling out the marines and getting snakes and what not go to your local hardware store and buy a cheap plumbers plunger.

    When you get it home put about 2" of water in your tub and then plunge the hell out of the drain.

    If you do that you will very likely clear what ever is giving you problems. You may have to repeat a few times but pouring some boiling water down there will soften thing up.

  • Pat Pat on Aug 15, 2020

    Mogie... My bathroom sink water was very slow running down and I knew it connected to the shower drain farther down the line. Took a plunger and plunged the shower drain and heard a "thumpish sound". Everything works fine now. My "go to" drain clearer is a plumbers plunger. Our plummer equipment rental told us to pour cloryx bleach down the drains every month or so....that does help.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 15, 2020

    If you're using bar soap (other than Zest or Ivory), switch to liquid soaps that are much easier on drains. Secondly, once a month place 1-2 cups of baking soda in each drain and follow with 1-2 cups of Distilled white vinegar. In 30 minutes, pour boiling water carefully into the drain.

    You may find a heavy deposit of black slime has built up in your drain, presently. You can remove some of this by removing the drain cover and very carefully using Q-Tips to swirl around the top part of the drain. What you remove may surprise you.

    If you're not using a drain cover to prevent hair from accumulating in your drains, purchase some. They are inexpensive and save you the time and aggravation of clogged/slow drains.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 15, 2020

    I clean my sink drains at least once a month with a hair grabber. It's a long, flexible plastic with barbs on the side. You slide it down the drain, moving it around and then pull it up. Hair, even from shaving, gets caught in the drain, and then soap, shampoo, toothpaste get caught on it. It is fairly gross the first time, but, becomes much less if you keep up with it. If it's the shower, same thing. With kitchen sinks, only it is more grease and food debris. For that I have a strainer for kitchen sinks, that will catch all the debris, so you can put it in the garbage. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2020

    Hi Laura,

    You Drain Un-blocker you should be able to buy this product! Otherwise try boiling water and Wash up liquid to try and cut the Fat!

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 16, 2020

    Hi Laura: This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, it is long, but not complicated:)

    If stopped up, get a really long zip tie, cut slits going down the side, one on the right, one on the left, all the way along to the bottom and twist it. Then, tie a string on the top really securely, and tie that around your finger. This will keep it from falling down the drain:) Then, stick it into the drain and jiggle it around and lift it out to see if anything stuck to it. If so, do it a few more times to get as much gunk out as you can.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup vinegar

    1 quart of water


    1. Bail out any standing water .
    2. Dump about 1/2 of a box of dry baking soda down the drain.
    3. Get your plunger or stopper ready and at your side, and be prepared to hold it down tightly.
    4. Put a cloth in the overflow hole tightly, it's usually near the top of the sink or by the front of a bath tub.
    5. Following the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain.
    6. Immediately after you pour it in, plug the drain with the plunger or stopper, or whatever you have that can seal the opening, covering the drain hole completely so nothing can escape.
    7. HOLD TIGHT!The interaction of the vinegar and baking soda will cause a “mini volcano” that will come up and out of the drain if you don’t keep it down there, to bust out your clog.
    8. After the initial “volcano” subsides, leave the baking soda and vinegar mixture in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
    9. After 30 minutes, remove the stopper or plunger and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.

    Good luck

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Aug 16, 2020

    1. The Bent Wire Hanger. Simple enough, but surprisingly effective. ...
    2. Baking Soda and Vinegar. Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. ...
    3. The Wet & Dry Vacuum. ...
    4. Boiling Water. ...
    5. Caustic Soda. ...
    6. Cleaning the Pipe. ...
    7. The Drain Snake. ...
    8. Salt and Baking Soda.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Aug 18, 2020


  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 21, 2020

    1 cup baking soda then 1 cup white vinegar.Cover. Boil water and pour down at 5 minutes later. Repeat if needed.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Aug 21, 2020

    I remove P-trap to clear major clogs.