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How to Unclog a Drain

A drain that is not clogged

Every day, so many things including grease, food, and hair, get sent through the drain that could potentially cause it to clog. While a clogged drain isn’t exactly ideal, it’s something that should be immediately addressed. That way any more unexpected issues can be avoided.

Clogged drains occur more often than one would think and require care. It’s not always enjoyable stepping into a tub full of water expecting a nice, relaxing shower. Neither is it satisfying to wake up to the garbage disposal backed up with floating chunks of food and mucky water. To help, there are a few things you can try at home to unclog a drain. Let’s run through those steps.


Bathroom clogs are luckily one of the easiest blockages to tackle. If you find your sink to be slow draining, mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar, and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for a little while, then follow with a couple of quarts of boiling water. It may take a few rinses over a long period of drain to fully clear it out, but the drain should unclog soon. However, if the blockage isn’t moving within a few hours, it’s time to call Einstein Pros and let one of our expert plumbers take a look.

If the shower or tub isn’t draining, the main culprit is usually hair. There are many products made to break up the clog, but some are chemical-based or harmful and may damage the pipe system or end up causing difficulty for the plumber when they investigate. We recommend calling us to handle this drain to prevent further stress or financial burdens.


The biggest culprit of kitchen sink clogs tend to be grease and food, so it is important to scrape off crumbs into the trash before placing your dishware in the sink to prevent this build-up. Rinsing dishes also prevents a clogged or malfunctioning dishwasher, which is an often-forgotten kitchen drain that can get clogged. A similar solution of baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water may break up the clog, but it also may be time to call the pros if the drain is gurgling, as kitchen sinks can have easily acquired a severe buildup.  


If you have a basement floor drain that is flooding, try the baking soda and vinegar solution but this time, use the assistance of a plunger. Using a plunger allows for great suction on a floor drain to really pull up any deep clogs. Another option is to remove the floor drain grid and shove a hose down it to create a DIY pressure wash for the drain. But when all else fails, our experts can be of great assistance in professionally unclogging any drain.

And when all of the above simply isn’t working, call the Pros! Drain cleaning, and plumbing in general, aren’t always a simple DIY task, and you can end up doing more harm for your plumbing system than good. Request an appointment today for our drain cleaning service and avoid any further problems.

Blockages in your drain and sewer can cause more problems than just unwanted odor and standing water, such as toilet flooding and more. At Einstein Pros, our skilled plumbers and trusted sewer cleaning experts in Bend, Oregon have the knowledge needed to fix and prevent these problems. Contact us today to resolve them!

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