It's The Plumber, I Can't Come To Fix The Sink: A Few Alternatives To Unclogging A Drain

It's an unfortunate incident when your drain starts to take a little bit longer to drain, and the next thing you know, the drain is completely blocked. And depending on your plumber's availability, it could be a little while before you can have a plumber at your house repairing the blockage. Here are a few ways to deal with blockage in the event you can't get a plumber to your house any time soon.  

Wet and Dry Vacuum 

While it's not recommended that you replace your plumber with a wet and dry vacuum, you can certainly use it to unclog drains. You'll want to cover the vents in order to prevent a mess, and create a tight seal over the drain. When the vacuum is on high, it can be enough to pull the clog out. Depending on how bad the clog is, this could be a great way to remove a clog. 

Wire Hanger

A hanger is a simple but effective tool. Straighten a wire hanger and create a hook by bending one end over. Slowly push that past the drain cover. You may end up grabbing a lot of hair and other particles in the drain, at least enough to get the water flowing again. Be careful to pull, not push, the clog out. 

Natural Remedies

There are a couple of natural remedies you could try to unclog a drain. 

First, try baking soda and vinegar. About 1/3 cup of each, and as soon as the mixture begins to fizz, pour it down the drain.  This mixture will work to remove grime, hair and gunk that's built up inside of the drain. You should let the mixture sit for a few hours, and flush out with hot water.  Another alternative is to pour the dry baking soda down the drain and following up with the vinegar right behind it. 

You can also use boiling water to help clear a clog. Boil a good amount of water, and pour it down the drain slowly in a few different stages, allowing a few seconds in between each pour for the water to go to work. This is an easy, inexpensive and fast way to unclog your drain, but again, it depends on the nature of your clog and how much gunk is actually in the sink. If all else fails, you're going to have to wait for your plumber to arrive. 

To prevent clogged drains in the first place, schedule a drain service with your local plumber. They can come to the house and make sure all the drains are functional on a regular basis.