We've all been there before, either when taking a shower that feels more like a bath, or using a sink that you can't fill up too high. Clogged drains are an everyday inconvenience, but fortunately, fixing a clogged drain yourself is usually simple. First, you'll just need to gather some basic household tools and supplies, and then get to work with your DIY clogged drain repair.
The most trustworthy tool in the at-home plumber's arsenal is the plunger. This time-tested device is proven to defeat some of the toughest drain clogs, but only when used properly. Many people have a plunger on hand for their toilet, but it works just as effectively on a bath or sink drain. However, you may want to disinfect the surface of the plunger before using it in these places.
If you're plunging a bathtub or sink drain, first remove the stopper or strainer within the drain if possible. Next, run the faucet for a few seconds to build up some standing water in the basin of the tub or sink. This will provide some extra force to work against the blockage. To focus as much pressure as possible into the drain, use your hands or a towel to cover up any overflow holes in the tub or sink.
Once you're ready, apply rapid force to the drain with the plunger, making sure not to break the seal. Run the water to test the drain out and clear away any debris.
If plunging doesn't do the trick, you might have some luck using drain-clearing chemicals that you can find at most hardware stores. These usually include directions for use, but generally you will want to make sure you pour the solution directly into the drain, wait a few minutes and then flush with hot water. You could also make your own drain cleaner by first pouring a half cup of baking soda into the drain, then dumping one cup of vinegar mixed with one cup of hot water.
If nothing else works, be sure to call Roto-Rooter to have your drains inspected and cleared in no time.