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Your bathroom and kitchen sinks have been running slow for almost a month and you are planning to repair your drains. Well, have you made the “to-do” list? Yes, you must be aware of what to do and what not to do when repairing your drains.

Drainage systems are really a blessing because they remove waste water from our home. A stopped sink, a slow drain and a foul smell in the bathroom are the most frequent plumbing problems faced by households. These problems often occur because of your negligence. So, you must remain alert to the warning signs of a sluggish drain. It is easier to open a slow drain than a completely stopped drain.

Here are some do’s and don’ts of drain repairs which will help you fix various drain problems.


In order to unclog drains, pour hot water to break up debris buildups. Hot water is useful is dissolving various clogs which may obstruct the flow of waste water in your drains.

If hot water does not work, you may use it with hot vinegar. You may also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to break clogs.

If you think that your drains are blocked because of grease, you can use a mixture of baking soda and salt for drain repair.

Sometimes, clogs are too stubborn to dissolve. In this case, you can use drain cleaning chemicals to clear your drains from any obstruction.

If all these methods have been proven ineffective, it is better to call a plumber. A professional and certified plumber can use advanced tools to analyze the clog and remove it effectively.


If you want to clear your drains by using chemicals, do not forget to look at their specifications. The use of chemicals is not safe so do not use chemicals without wearing a safety mask and gloves. This is because when you pour them in your drains, they will produce fumes.

Do not make the mistake of mixing two chemicals together. It can result in creating hazardous fumes in your drains. Mixing alkali with an acid is more dangerous because it can result in an explosion.

When buying chemicals for your drains, you must try to match them with the clog. These chemicals are available for various types of clogs such as for grease, tree roots, hair, soap and other clogs.

So, if you are facing drain problems and want to opt for a do-it-yourself approach, you must consider these do’s and don’ts.

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