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Home Remedies for Blocked Drains

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Blocked drains in your home are a serious issue. When your sink or bathtub is clogged, this can cause a plumbing emergency. It is possible for you to deal with blocked drains on your own, however. If you are tired of looking at dirty water in your sink or bathtub and want to remove the risk of potential flooding in your home, it is possible to try a few home remedies designed to unclog blocked drains. Home remedy methods for unblocking drains are designed to be safe and can be done with only a few materials that are normally found within your home.

Boiling Water

Most clogs in the bathroom sink are caused by the accumulation of hair and soap residue. Over time this can add up and result in a clog that makes water in the sink slow draining. It is possible to unclog this drain using boiling water. Boiling a large pan of water and adding a small amount of soap can be one of the most effective ways to deal with a blocked drain in your home. Pouring the boiling water down the drain will loosen the clog and allow it to drain freely.

Baking Soda Mixture

It is also possible to avoid using harsh chemicals in your drain by making your own baking soda mixture. You can add baking soda and vinegar together to create your own DIY unclogging solution. Once you pour this solution down the drain, you will begin to notice bubbling. This indicates that the solution is breaking down the clog. You can then pour boiling water down the drain to make sure that the solution eats away at the entire clog in the drain.


An auger is a type of small drain snake that you can use to remove most clogs within the drains in your home. This type of drain is long and tubular in shape. It is designed to be thin and often has a hook or bristle at the end that will remove the cause of the clog or blockage. You can simply feed the auger into the drain until you begin to feel resistance. You can then hook the culprit of the clog and pull it out of the drain. Larger blockages are more effectively removed using this method. It is also possible to use a plunger on a clogged drain, but be sure to add water to the sink to allow for proper suction on the plunger.

If these home remedies aren't working, contact a professional plumber who can remedy emergency blocked drains.