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6 Effective Ways To Fix A Blocked Drain

Blocked drains are a common occurrence in most households and can be quite frustrating. A blocked drain can cause water damage and unpleasant odours and can even pose serious health risks. Fixing a blocked drain is not only important for hygiene reasons but also helps to maintain the efficiency of your plumbing system. Fortunately, there are ways to unclog a drain effectively without calling a professional plumber. 

Boiling Water

This is the most natural and straightforward method for unclogging a drain. Bring a pot of water to a boil and gently pour it down the drain. The heat from the water will break down and dissolve most of the debris causing the clog. Repeat the process a few times to see the best results.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

One popular household method for unclogging drains is to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Start by combining a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar, and then add a cup of hot water. Carefully pour this mixture into the blocked drain and allow it to sit. To fully clear the drain, finish by pouring a pot of boiling water down the pipe.

Wire Coat Hanger

If solid objects are causing the blockage, such as hair or soap scum, you can try to use a wire coat hanger to unclog it. Straighten out the hanger and bend one end into a hook. Insert it into the drain, and move it around to catch and remove any objects causing the blockage.


A plunger is often used to unclog a toilet but can also be an effective tool for unclogging a drain. Put the plunger over the drain and pump up and down several times. The use of suction can effectively dislodge the clog, facilitating its removal.

Dishwashing Detergent

Dishwashing detergent can help break down and dissolve oil and grease-based clogs. Try pouring some dish soap down the drain, followed by hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain.

Drain Snake

A drain snake can effectively clear clogs from your plumbing system. You can use a hand-held drain snake or rent an electric one from your local home improvement store. Gently push the snake into the drain and carefully rotate and pull it. Continue until you sense the obstruction starting to dissolve.

Contact a plumber to learn more about fixing blocked drains