Coronavirus Update: We are open as an essential business and continue to service our customers safely. Read More

Skip navigation


Sweetwater Plumbing Blog

The Best Approach To Dealing With a Drain Clog


You’re standing in the shower, you’re singing a sweet tune, and then you feel water pooling around your ankles. Lo and behold, your shower is clogged again. Enough is enough: it’s time to do something about it, so let’s start with some DIY solutions.

But we have to warn you that DIY solutions aren’t the best fixes for a clogged drain in Riverside, CA. At best, they’re a short-term band-aid solution that will result in requiring professional services. In the meantime, let’s at least help you with a temporary solution.

The Vinegar Trick

Mix together one cup of white distilled vinegar and one cup of baking soda. This mixture foams up and fills to expand much of your drain, grabbing onto stubborn buildup and gently raising it.

Once you mix this, pour it slowly down your drain and be sure to let it touch all sides. Let it sit for around 15 minutes up to 30 minutes. Run hot water down the drain to clear it out.

You can use boiling water as many suggest, but hot water from your faucet should also do the trick. This should help with slow drains without hurting your pipes.

Snake the Drain

You can either buy a manual snake or a motorized snake. Lower the snake into the drain after removing any excess hair and debris from the top.

Turn the snake in a clockwise motion (if manual). If you feel resistance and it’s difficult to push, you may have found your clog.

Once you feel that resistance, gently pull up on the snake to see if you can feel additional weight. Ideally, the snake will grab onto debris and you can pull it up.

Use a paper towel to clean off the snake and dump any excess debris into a bucket or container. Repeat this until the drain is clear.

While there are some nuances to using a snake on your own drain, these are the basics. Snaking can work for bathroom sinks or shallow hair clogs in a shower drain, but a DIY snake fix doesn’t do the trick like our last approach.

Most Clogs Will Eventually Require Professional Service

Many homeowners are either daunted by using a snake or aren’t sure about using alternative methods to clear their drains. That’s completely understandable.

Even if you’re able to remove some debris or temporarily fix a slow-moving drain, professional plumbing services are the best option. DIY drain fixes don’t guarantee the same level of coverage that professional plumbing services do.

You can clear all the drains in your home with a single call rather than buying or renting equipment and attempting it on your own.

Pesky Clogs, Begone!

Your drains aren’t going to unclog themselves. If small DIY fixes don’t cut it (and oftentimes you’ll find that they won’t), it’s time to call in a professional to unclog all the drains in your home. Your sinks and shower should be draining quickly; let us help you with that.

Contact Sweetwater Plumbing today to schedule a plumber to handle your drain clogs as soon as possible.

Comments are closed.