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How To Make A DIY Drain Unclogger At Home

The drainpipe is a U-shaped pipe that is located under the sink and works as a trap to prevent sewer gases from moving up and escaping through drains. While your U-shaped pipe acts as a convenient trapping mechanism, it is also often one of the main culprits for your sink jam.

And while a plunger may work most times to unclog your pipe, sometimes if the clog is too far inside another method may need to be used.

The easiest and most commonly used DIY method is to pour boiling water down the drain, making sure to avoid contact with the porcelain.  Keep in mind that this method works best with metal pipes, so avoid this method if your house has PVC pipes!! Another DIY trick is to take out the U-pipe and clear the clog manually using a suitable tool such as the drain snake (a long flexible metal rope with a spiral of metal at the end). If you don’t have a suitable tool, it may be best leaving it to the professional or risk an even greater clog!

One of the most common methods of trying to unclog a sink is to use chemical treatments such as unclogging liquids. While this may seem like the most convenient method, these products can often make things worse if not handled carefully. It may even result in moving the obstruction to a more difficult place to reach,  and, in some extreme cases,  it may even deteriorate the pipe.

Using household ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar is often a more safe and sustainable alternative g solution to unclogging pipes.

DIY Drain Unclogger – the homemade trick of baking soda and vinegar to unclog drainage pipes.


9 cups of boiling water

1/2 cup baking soda

1 cup vinegar

8 cups of boiling water


1. Bring 9 cups of water to a boil and pour 8 cups down your clogged drain. Keep 1 cup aside.

2. Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda down into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes

3. Mix the remaining cup of hot water with 1 cup vinegar and slowly pour it down the drain

4. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes while you bring another 8 cups of water to boil.

5. Pour the boiling water down the drain!

Warning: Don’t use this method on PVC pipes.

This DIY solution works best on drains that aren’t completely clogged And it shows that a little care can go a long way to unclogging your pipes and can also help to save the pipe from corrosion. For cleaning fully clogged drains, we recommend getting help from a drain cleaning expert like My Calgary Plumber.

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