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Can I clear a drain clog myself?

Some Spokane homeowners are comfortable attempting DIY drain cleaning methods when experiencing a slow drain at just one fixture. If you plan to unclog a drain at home, make sure you use safe methods to avoid causing damage to your plumbing pipes.

  • Avoid drain cleaning chemicals and store-bought products advertised to break up clogs. These chemicals are often not safe and can break down your pipes.
  • Kitchen sink drains, bathroom sink drains, shower drains, and tub drains can be cleared up with natural products in many cases. A cup of baking soda is poured into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain opening and leave the solution to sit inside the pipes for at least 30 minutes. Turn on hot water and allow it to flow through the drain.
  • Many toilet clogs can be broken up with the help of heat and gravity. Pour a pot of boiling hot water into the bowl, holding it at waist height as you pour. Give the water time to cool and then flush – heat can break down the materials and the force of water rushing in can move the material on through the line.