Nobody likes a clogged sink. But how many of us know what to do when the drain becomes a pain? Below is a list of three easy ways to unclog your sink that do not require you to be a professional plumber.

  1. It’s chemistry! Baking soda and vinegar have made thousands of science fair volcanoes erupt over the years. But did you know that this mixture is also an effective and all-natural way to unclog a drain? Simply pour a ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, then pour ½ cup of vinegar on top of it slowly. Allow this solution to work for at least an hour to de-grease and erode any organic matter that may be in the pipe, then rinse with hot water.
  2. In hot water. A watched pot never boils, but a boiling pot can unclog a drain. Boil a pot or kettle of water and carefully pour it down the affected drain. You’ll want to take your time with this to allow the hot water to eat away at the debris. If necessary, pour the water out intermittently.
  3. Wire service. A classic wire coat hanger when straightened can be an effective drain snake. Straighten the hanger but create a small radiused hook at one end. Push the hanger into the drain and dig around with the hook until you catch the obstruction. Pull it out slowly and dispose of the offending debris.

When all else fails…

If you still cannot get your drain unclogged, you may need to call the professionals at Bieg Plumbing. With over 60 years of serving the St. Louis area, there is not a drain in existence that we cannot unclog. Family-owned and operated, we look forward to hearing from you for any plumbing issue you may have.


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