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How to Unclog a Drain With Baking Soda and Vinegar

January 01, 2017

Clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues that a homeowner will face at one point or another. If you catch the clog before it gets too serious, it can be removed easily. However, if you wait or leave it too long, the clog can grow; this can result in water damage or damage to the pipes. If you think the clog is too big for you to handle, call for the assistance of a plumber. A certified plumber will be able to remove the clog quickly and efficiently. Not sure who to call? RepairCare can help you find the right plumbing services in Toronto, and anywhere else in Canada. Give us a call at 1 888-501-9702 today.  

How to Unclog a Drain With Baking Soda and Vinegar

Unclogging your drains can easily be done with a little baking soda and vinegar. Unfortunately, this won’t remove a large clog, but it is a great way to remove a small one. Plus, it environmentally friendly! Here are the steps to unclogging a drain with baking soda and vinegar.

Step 1: Pour a pot of boiling hot water down the drain. This will help to soften the clog.

Step 2: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This will help loosen up the clog further.

Step 3: While you are waiting, mix together 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of hot water. Once the time is up, pour the mixture down the drain on top of the baking soda.

Step 4: Quickly cover the drain with a strong plug. This will help to keep the fizzing reaction down in the drain. The chemical reaction between the two components will help to flush the clog down the drain. Keep the plug in place for 5-10 minutes.

Step 5: Once the time is up, pour another pot of boiling water down the drain. This helps to get rid of the baking soda and vinegar, and any excess debris that was left behind.

How to Tell if You Have a Clog

Spotting a clogged drain is fairly easy. The biggest sign is that water is pooling in the area above the drain (ie; tube or sink). If the water is slowly going down the drain, you will be able to use the baking soda and vinegar method. It is best to try this method as soon as you start to notice water pooling or draining slowly, as the clog is not very big at this time. Wait until all of the water has drained from the skin or tube, and then follow the steps. If the water is not draining, you will need to call a plumber for assistance.

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