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18587843_s-1No one likes having to handle a household plunger, but when the drain is clogged, you need to know how to wield one. Most households have cup plungers, which you can on top of a sink or bathtub drain and start plunging away. For the best results, says the most referred Indianapolis plumber, put a strip of duct tape on top of the overflow drain at the top of the sink or bathtub. Doing this will force the air or water down the drain and into the clog, without it escaping through the overflow drain instead.

To clear a slow drain that you suspect is clogged with gunk (recognize that this method might not work as well if your problem is a hair-clogged drain), here’s what you should do:

Plumber Pro Tip of the Week:

Tip #1 Set a full tea kettle on the stove to boil.

Tip #2 Dry your sink out with a rag.

Tip #3 Now, measure a 1/2 cup baking soda and dump it down your drain. In most sinks, the sink stopper will be in the way. We used a Q-tip to push the majority of the baking soda down the drain. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all down, the next step will do the rest of the work for you.

Tip #4 After the baking soda, measure a 1/2 cup white vinegar and dump that down the drain. Admire the fizzing for a minute or two.

Tip #5 Now, the full tea kettle should be boiling. Carefully pour the whole kettle full of boiling water down the drain.

Tip #6 Turn your faucet on and see if your sink is now draining at a normal speed. That should be all there is to it.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: For small clogs and light household duty, you can pick up a small drain snake or long pipe cleaner from your local Indianapolis plumbing supply or home improvement store to see if you can break through or pull out whatever it is that’s clogging your drain. This is especially useful if you think the drain is clogged with hair.

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