DIY Unclog a Drain!

As always, we know that common sense and wisdom will prevail and that our readers know to use these suggestions at their own risk.

As always, we know that common sense and wisdom will prevail and that our readers know to use these suggestions at their own risk.

Last month, we had a blog about the causes of clogged drains.  In this blog, we offer some DIY helps for drains which are clogged with the simple things such as grease, too much paper, shaving cream or conditioner.

We are always happy to make a service call to our customers when they need us. We're also willing to help customers avoid a service call if there is something they can do to fix a plumbing issue on their own. Case in point: the slow or clogged drain.

Put the Heat on It

One of the things we see a lot is that soap scum, grease, hair, shaving cream, and other plumbing cholesterol begins to clog the drain. When this happens, we beg you not to go for the commercial drain cleaner. Harsh chemicals are the nuclear bomb of plumbing. 


When your sink gets slow, squeeze a big squirt of Dawn (or other grease-cutting dish soap) down your slow drain. Then, take a huge kettle of boiling water and pour that down the sink, as well. You may need to repeat the water flush two or three times. Be careful! Boiling water is dangerous. But, the hot water combines with the dish soap and softens the soap scum and grease, which then clears away. 

A Coke and a Smile!

Sometimes, a big (2 liter) bottle of Coke, full of phosphoric acid, is just what your drain needs. Chug the entire thing down the drain (at room temperature), and follow it with a chaser of hot water about an hour later. The acid in the coke eats grease.

Kitchen Basics

Take one cup of baking soda, dump it down the sink. Follow with a ½-1 C vinegar chaser. The magic is in the foam. Here is a guy who uses the foam and boiling water method.


Take the Plunge

Do you know the difference between your plungers? A flange plunger is made for a toilet. A standard plunger is used for the other--sinks, the bathtub, etc.  And the primary force of a plunger is water, so make sure there is enough in the tub to be able to push it down the drain. The pressure of the water is what dislodges the clog. Verify that the drain is completely covered by the water. Push, pull in a pumping action. If you lose some of your water, fill it up again. If you lose a lot, you’ve got it!

Snake the Lake

If you have a snake and you don’t mind using it, attach it to the drill and fire it up. If you don’t have one/don’t want one/did that, and it didn’t work, it’s time to call in the pros. If you have gotten this far, you’ve done yeoman service, and it’s probably a tree root or something way down the line. We’ve got the heavy-duty equipment, the plumbing line camera, and we’d be proud to follow you in the quest to get your drain back in order.

If you need a licensed, bonded, insured plumber for your Phoenix area drain clog or your next plumbing project, call MNS Plumbing today at 602-362-4524