June 6, 2016

Clearing a Drain

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How to Deal with Clogged Drains: Immediate DIY Solutions


A clogged drain is more than just an inconvenience—it can lead to serious plumbing issues if not addressed promptly. While many people delay action until a drain stops completely, early intervention with simple home remedies can save both time and money. Here are some effective treatments you can try at home to clear your drains, courtesy of GAC Plumbing Company.

Types of Treatments for Different Clogs

  1. For Standard Clogs

    If your drain is moderately clogged, a simple homemade drain cleaner can be very effective. Follow these steps:

    • Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.
    • Follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Be cautious as the mixture will foam and may release fumes.
    • Cover the drain loosely and let the mixture sit for about three hours.
    • Finally, run warm water to flush out the concoction and clear the clog.

    This method is safe for your pipes and environmentally friendly, making it an excellent first line of defense against clogs.

  2. For Grease-Related Clogs

    Grease clogs require a stronger treatment due to their stubborn nature:

    • Combine 1/2 cup of salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain.
    • Follow by pouring a kettle of boiling water down the drain to melt and dislodge the grease.
    • Let it sit overnight to maximize the cleaning effect.

    This treatment is particularly effective for kitchen sinks where oils and grease are more likely to accumulate.

Routine Maintenance Tips

To prevent future clogs and maintain a fresh, flowing drain, consider the following weekly maintenance routine:

  • Mix 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of table salt, and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar.
  • Store this mixture in a clean, covered jar.
  • Each week, pour 1/4 cup of the mixture down the drain, followed immediately by 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Wait 10 seconds, then flush the drain with cold water to rinse everything through.

Regular flushing with boiling water can also help maintain clear pipes.


Don’t wait for your drains to become completely blocked before taking action. Using these simple, homemade solutions can help keep your plumbing in good condition and prevent the need for more significant repairs. For more tips and assistance, visit our resource page at Clearing Drains PDF or call GAC Plumbing Company at 707-538-8000 for expert advice.


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