What Is The Best Way To Unclog A Drain?

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What Is The Best Way To Unclog A Drain?

It is fairly easy to tell when a drain is clogged. A sink takes forever to drain, or the tub begins to fill up around your feet when you’re in the shower. And, of course, a clogged drain will often make its presence known via an unpleasant odor.  Unclogging a drain is an entirely different matter, however. While some drain clogs are easier to unplug than others, you are never guaranteed to totally fix the problem. That’s why calling a licensed plumber to the scene is always an appealing option. That said, if you want to try and unclog that drain yourself, here are a few handy tips.


  1. Plunge It. A good first line of defense in battling clogged drains. Give the plunger a good workout and see if it can jar loose whatever is plugging up the drain.
  2. Boiling Water. This is pretty simple and also pretty effective. Fill up a large pitcher or kettle with boiling water and pour into the drain in three stages. Keep your fingers crossed, it might be just this easy.
  3. Baking Soda & Vinegar. One of those old-fashioned remedies that actually works. Combine ⅓ cup of baking soda with ⅓ cup of vinegar. After it fizzes (that’s OK), quickly pour it down the drain. Let sit for at least one hour, then flush with hot water.
  4. P-Trap Procedure. Underneath sinks, there is a u-shaped pipe called the p-trap. This is a common spot for a drain clog, and if you don’t mind a little elbow grease you can easily remove it and clean all the gunk out. Place a bucket underneath the pipe to catch water, then loosen the slip nuts at either end with a plumber’s wrench and remove. After cleaning out the pipe, give it a good washing with hot water and replace it.


Of course, the best way to avoid all the hassle of trying to unclog a stopped-up drain is to pick up the phone and call your friendly plumber at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric. Our Lubbock plumbers are professionally certified and licensed and can handle any plumbing job, no matter how big or how small. Not only do we unclog drains and toilets, but we handle everything else: from water pipe inspection to water heater installation and repair. And with our Armstrong Service Agreement Plan Royale and Prestige levels of coverage, we will perform an annual plumbing system inspection, with discounts available on parts and labor. You will also enjoy priority 24/7 emergency service. Call today for more information about our complete plumbing services.