Here are some effective tips you can try to clear your drain.
- Tweezers - Remove hair around the drain by hand or put those tweezers to work to pluck away at visible hairs tangled around the drain hole.
- Bent Wire Coathanger - Simple enough, but surprisingly effective. Take a regular wire coat
hanger and straighten it out as best you can. Then, bend one end over to
create a small hook. Push that down the drain and start fishing.
You should be able to get all sorts of hair and nasty stuff out of the
drain. Remember, you always want to be pulling gunk out, not pushing it
further. When you've got as much out as you can, run the hot water, and
it should clear things up nicely.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar - Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a
measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time
pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to
remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it
sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water.
Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the
drain first, then pour on the vinegar.
- The Wet & Dry Vacuum - If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific
tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the
vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the
drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for
this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be
powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It
doesn't always work, but it's worth a shot.
- Boiling Water - Tips don't get any easier than this. Put the kettle on (or use the stove or microwave if you don't own a kettle) and boil up as much water as it will hold. Now pour it slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work for a several seconds in between each pour. This is usually the easiest and quickest way to unclog a drain. If there's any water left, congratulate yourself with a cup of tea.