5 Home Drain Cleaning Tricks Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Dirt, grime, soap scum, hair, food particles and other debris can easily build up over time and clog up your drains. And a clogged drain can be a major inconvenience. But keep reading for five tricks you can try before calling in a professional residential drain cleaning service.

1. Use baking soda and vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a tried and true method for removing clogs and will often do the trick. Simply pour about ½ cup of baking soda into the clogged drain and follow with ½ cup of vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes and then flush with hot water. For best results, plug the adjacent sink (for double sinks) or cover the air intake with a piece of duct tape (for single drains).

2. Try a plunger
Use a cup plunger for drains with flat surfaces like sinks, tubs and showers. And use a flange plunger for a clogged toilet. When plunging a clogged drain, make sure that there is water all around the plunger so that you get proper suction. For a clog that just won’t budge, call in a professional home drain cleaning service like Clearzone Services in Calgary.

3. A wire coat hanger
Straighten out an old wire coat hanger and then bend one end over to create a small hook. Insert the hook end into the drain and you should be able to pull out any hair or gunk that’s causing the clog. Just be careful not to push the clog further down into the drain. Once you are finished, flush with hot water.

4. Use a closet auger
If it’s a clogged toilet you’re dealing with, a closet auger might help. A closet auger is a long tube with a sharp wire edge used to break up obstructions clogging your toilet. Closet augers are specially designed to be able to access the drain pipe under the toilet bowl without damaging the plumbing.

5. Take apart the pipe
Start by placing a bucket under the U-shaped pipe underneath the sink. Loosen the nuts at both ends of the pipe, then carefully remove it and empty the contents into the bucket. Clean with a small brush before reassembling. If that doesn’t do the trick, call the experts at Clearzone Services for quick and professional home drain cleaning.

If you’ve got a serious clog and you need residential drain cleaning in Calgary, Clearzone Services can help. We specialize in cleaning sewers, drains, coils, dryer vents, ducts and HVAC systems for residential, commercial and industrial clients all over Calgary and throughout Western Canada. Contact us today to set up an appointment!