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DIY Drain Cleaning Tips

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A clogged drain is not just a nuisance—it can also cause serious disruption to your day-to-day life. Even a partial clog can waste a significant amount of water and send your energy bills through the roof. Luckily, there are a few ways to solve drain clogs using materials that can be found in your home. Here are a few do-it-yourself drain clean tips that you can try the next time your drain is giving you trouble.

Bent Wire Hanger

Use a bent wire coat hanger to fish clumps of hair and other pieces of debris out of your bath and shower drain. More serious blockages will require more invasive solutions, but a bent wire hanger can work for smaller clogs. Remember to be gentle with this DIY drain clearing solution—if you push too hard, you may end up forcing the clog further down the drain.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This explosive combination isn’t just for after school science experiments. the explosive reaction that occurs when baking soda meets vinegar can also be used to clear out clogged drains. Mix 1/3 of a cup of baking soda with 1/3 of a cup of vinegar. The mixture will start fizzing immediately and should be poured down the drain as soon as the reaction begins. The mixture should bubble up over the top of the drain. Let it sit for an hour or so before flushing it down with hot water.

Dish Detergent

If your toilet is clogged, a small amount of dish detergent can help. Pour a 1/4 cup of dish detergent into the bowl with a 1/4 cup of hot water to loosen up any stick-on debris or greasy residue before plunging. This will help make it easier and faster to clear your toilet clog.

Having a clogged drain is never a pleasant experience. Not only are drain clogs irritating, but they also waste a lot of water and can affect your energy bills. If these DIY tips don’t solve your drainage issue, it’s time to call the professionals. Trust the experienced and reliable technicians at Mattioni Plumbing to get the job done right. For more information about our professional plumbing services, contact us today.

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