Alternative Solutions For Unclogging A Drain

If you've got a stubborn clog on your hands, then you might be frustrated and out of options. However, there is more in your arsenal than you might realize. Here are some alternative solutions that you can use to get your pipes in working condition once again: 

Vacuums

You might be surprised, but the right kind of vacuum can handle clogs no problem. The main issue here is making sure that you have a wet/dry vacuum available before you commit. Once you have one, just use the hose and turn it on. The high-suction power can dislodge quite a few clogs with minimal effort, but if you want to go the extra mile, then you can even buy specialized attachments that are built specifically for unclogging drains.

Alternative Plungers

If you've already tried a regular plunger on your toilet or perhaps aren't willing to use a plunger on your sink, then you might want to think about something that is a bit more specialized, like a bellows plunger. Their unique design allows for a buildup of substantial pressure without requiring much strength on your part. By allowing quick and repeated thrusts of your hand, the plunger builds a lot of power very quickly. You'll find that all but the most resilient of clogs will crumble in the face of such power.

Non-Chemical Solutions

If you want to remove that clog but aren't quite willing to resort to chemicals yet, then a simple blend of baking soda and vinegar will do nicely. Simply add about half a cup of baking soda to the drain with some hot water. Allow it to settle for a few minutes, since this will let the baking soda get nice and embedded in the clog. The idea here is that when the explosion does happen, it will hit the clog from a variety of directions, hopefully busting it loose.

Once the baking soda has settled, add a cup of vinegar to the drain. If possible, try to cover up the drain. This will direct the reaction downwards, where it will do the most damage to the clog. After 20 or so minutes, check on the drain to see if everything has cleared up. If not, don't worry, because you can try the process a couple more times. If you still have no success, then it might be time to throw in the towel and call a professional (such as one from Hager Plumbing).

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