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How to Unblock Your Drain

Is your drainage slow or not draining at all? It can be so irritating, especially when you are in a hurry. The worst part of it all is when it starts smelling. 

The blockage could be something small that doesn’t require much attention while at the same time, there could be an object blocking the pipes. 

Before you go ahead and call a plumber, try the following unblocking methods we have researched for you. If after trying all of them they don’t work, it’s time to look for people who unblock drains in Sydney if in this case you are in Sydney.

DIY Methods for Unblocking your Drain

1. Using baking soda and vinegar

There are things you should never lack in your household. Baking soda and vinegar are among them. They are natural and easy to get. Start by mixing ⅓ cup of the baking soda with a ⅓ of vinegar. After mixing the two ingredients, they will start fizzing and so don’t waste time, pour directly into the drain. After that, leave it for around one hour or even overnight to get the best results. After that flush, the drainage with hot water and your drainage will be as good as new.

Alternatively, you can pour dry baking soda in the sink as much as you can and later pour the vinegar. This method will work efficiently as the other one. Baking soda will also help in getting rid of the smell too as it will neutralize all the odor-causing substances.

2. Using boiling water

This is the simplest method of unblocking drainage, and everyone can afford it. All you need is to boil your water in your kettle. Boil as much water as possible and then pour it on the drainage slowly. Pour it in stages to give it time to flow down and help in the unblocking process. The water should be poured in two to three stages.

3. Cleaning the drainage pipe

This is the point you get yourself dirty. It is an advanced method of unblocking you can do it yourself, but if you are not comfortable with it, you can get someone to help you in the process. But the process is simple, take a bucket and place it under the U shape pipe under the sink. The bucket is for collecting the water that will come out in the process.

Open the U shape pipe by using a wrench to loosen the nuts on both sides. From there, remove all the content in the pipe. Clean the pipes attached to the sink. You can use an old toothbrush to ensure you don’t miss a spot. After the cleaning process, rinse the pipes and put the U shape pipe back.

4. Using salt and baking soda

These are two items you can never lack in your household because you must use them when cooking at some point. The first step is mixing half a cup of salt with a half cup of baking soda. Pour the two into the drain and wait for 10 to 20 minutes. After that pour boiling water into the drainage.

The boiling water will help the components mix and a chemical reaction will happen that will help to dissolve all the particles causing blockage to the sink. If there were any smells coming from the sink, the baking soda you use in the unblocking process will help to get rid of the smell.

5. Using a plunger

I would assume this is the first step you would try every time you realize the drainage is slow or blockers. A plunger helps in sucking all the objects causing the blockage and in return, unblocking the drainage. 

It is an old trick that everyone should try before calling a plumber or using any chemical on the drainage. The process may take a few trials, but in most cases, the method always works. 

6. Using wet and dry vacuum

If you have a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, then the work is easier for you. The first step is to set the vacuum cleaner to liquid. After that, ensure you cover the vent to prevent creating a mess during the process. After that come up with a tight seal on the drain.

Turn the vacuum cleaner to the highest and fix it to the tight seal on the drainage. The vacuum will use its power to clog up the drainage into the vacuum. In most cases, the methods work efficiently, and it is fast.

7. Use a Bent Wire 

Get a hanger wire and straighten it as much as you can. After that bend it in a way that it will fit in the drainage. Fit it in the drainage and fish whatever is causing the clog. It could be hair and soap particles. Remove the dirt and repeat the process to ensure all the dirt comes out.

After that, pour hot water into the drainage to rinse and dissolve any other dirt that could be remaining in the pipes


With all the above methods, drainage blockage should never be a problem for you again. The above methods should work however, if they don’t you’ll need professional help.