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Plumbing DIY

Are you facing the frustrating issue of clogged sinks, toilets, or drains? It’s a common plumbing problem that can disrupt your daily routine. But don’t worry; you don’t always need to pick up the phone to call a plumber. At Brown’s Plumbing and Heating, we believe in empowering homeowners with the knowledge to tackle minor plumbing issues themselves. In this guide, we’ll show you how to unclog sinks, toilets, and drains effectively.

Unclogging Sinks

Plunger Method

  • Step 1: Ensure the sink has some water in it.
  • Step 2: Place a plunger over the drain and push down firmly.
  • Step 3: Pump the plunger up and down vigorously for about a minute.
  • Step 4: Remove the plunger, and the clog should clear.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

  •  Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.
  • Step 2: Follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  • Step 3: Cover the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Step 4: Flush with hot water.

Unclogging Toilets

Plunger Method

  • Step 1: Place the plunger over the toilet drain.
  • Step 2: Push down gently, then pull up firmly.
  • Step 3: Repeat this motion several times until the water drains

Baking Soda and Vinegar

  •  Step 1:  Pour a bucket of hot (not boiling) water into the toilet.
  • Step 2: Add a few squirts of dish soap.
  • Step 3: Let it sit for a few minutes, and then try flushing again.

Unclogging Drains

Manual Cleaning

  • Step 1: Remove the drain cover.
  • Step 2: Use a drain snake or a wire coat hanger to remove debris.
  • Step 3: Run hot water to clear any remaining residue

Baking Soda and Salt

  •  Step 1:  Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of salt. 
  • Step 2: Pour the mixture down the drain.
  • Step 3:  Let it sit for a few hours, then flush with hot water.
Drain Clog


Tips to Prevent Clogs

  • Avoid putting grease, coffee grounds, and food scraps down the sink.
  • Use a hair catcher in the shower and bathroom sinks.
  • Regularly clean and maintain your drains.

Remember, while these DIY methods are effective for minor clogs, if you encounter persistent or severe blockages, it’s best to call a professional plumber. At Brown’s Plumbing and Heating, we’re always ready to assist you with any plumbing issue, big or small.

By following these simple steps, you can often save time and money on plumbing services. If you ever need expert assistance or have more complex plumbing concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your comfort and convenience are our top priorities at Brown’s Plumbing and Heating.

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