Here are easy ways to unclog a drain without spending hundreds of dollars on a plumber:
- Pour a cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Pour a cup of vinegar down the clogged drain. Pour a giant pot of boiling water down the drain. Use a plunger on the drain and/or turn on the garbage disposal.
- Pour a container or two of Green Gobbler down the clogged drain. Wait 30 minutes. Pour a giant pot of boiling water down the drain. Use a plunger on the drain and/or turn on the garbage disposal. Repeat as needed, leaving the Green Gobbler in the drain overnight, if needed.
- Any of these are worth a try too.
The real difficult part of this is that your clogs or drains might not match any other clogs or drains that you see online. I was going to type up my entire adventure in plumbing from the last 24 hours, but I’m too tired. The main thing is that letting Green Gobbler and baking soda/vinegar stand in our drains overnight got the garbage disposal clear. Pouring a boiling pot of water down the non-disposal drain cleared out the rest. I was so scared of the amount of water that I was adding to the clog that I only poured 2 cups – 1 liter of hot water down our pipes each time. Each time, it took 12 hours to drain that little bit of added water before eventually stopping, which probably meant that the water was just evaporating. I finally watched these two videos and combined their methods.
Oh, and before anyone asks why I didn’t get my husband to do it, 1) I’m perfectly capable of pouring powder and water down the sink and 2) he tried and nearly vomited into our clogged sinks. So, women rock. Saving money rocks. Being environmentally friendly rocks. Unclogging a sink by yourself rocks.