How to clean/unblock your drain with household items

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Blocked drains can be a hassle and frustrating to clean especially if you don’t have the right unblocking products on hand. This is where household items come in, we have listed some easy and quick ways to clean or unblock your drains below.

Boiling Water

Using hot boiling water to clear a drain is the easiest and fastest method. Boil as much water as you need and pour it down the drain that is clogged. It’s possible that you’ll want to do this a few times. Water will flow through the pipes, dissolving any waste or obstructions that may be present.

Cleaning the Pipe

This is an excellent method for cleaning and unblocking drains, but you must be able to dismantle and reconnect pipes, which is a simple process. To have a free-flowing drain, follow the steps below:

1. Find a bucket or container and position it under the U-shaped pipe as the first step.

2. Next, remove the pipe by unscrewing the slip nuts at both ends with a wrench.

3. Clean the pipes with a small brush to ensure that all debris is flushed out into the bucket.

4. Clean the pipes with a mixture of water and dish soap.

5. Connect the pipes and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with drains that aren’t clogged.

Salt, Baking Soda and Vinegar

This is easy to unblock drains, if you don’t have chemicals at hand or do not want to use harsh chemicals. For this combine 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1 cup white vinegar in a mixing bowl. Allow it to work its magic overnight, then flush the drain the next morning with hot or boiling water.


If your sink drain is clogged, the old school method of using a plunger gets the job done. Follow the steps below for an easy and effective fix.

1. Half-fill your sink with hot water.

2. Begin pushing the plunger in an up and down motion to produce an airtight seal on the drain.

3. Hold for 60 seconds and then release to examine if the water has subsided; if not, repeat the process.

Contact Us

Servo Rod can provide drain unblocking for more severe cases with a free no obligation quote on all work undertaken and can guarantee you will be 100% satisfied with the outcome. For more information contact us on 0800 358 5995 or fill out our easy contact form.

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