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One of the most common plumbing problems out there is a slow sink drain, and fortunately, they can often be handled at home without spending any money by calling a plumber. Keep in mind, if the slow drain is limited to just one drain, than your sink makes a good candidate to try some of these home remedies out on. However, if the slow sink drain is affecting all of your home’s drains, it could be a sign of a septic system backing up which is a much bigger issue and will require a plumber. So, if your slow running drain is limited to just one unit, here are some ways do it yourself fixes you should try before relying on your friendly neighborhood plumber.

The first method that doesn’t require you to leave home is done by pouring half a cup of salt, followed by half a cup of baking soda and vinegar. Let this combination sit for about half an hour and then pour hot water to rinse out the pipes for three to five minutes.

If that doesn’t work, you can try to pump out the clog using a plunger. Just plunge the top of the drain and pump, in hopes of providing enough pressure that any obstruction that causes the obstruction will be dislodged.

Lastly, you can try to buy some chemical drain cleaners, but they are not advised due to the damage done to the inner linings of the pipes as well as the effects on the environment. Keep in mind that these are the first line of defense against a slow sink drain and are not guaranteed to solve the problem. If your problem persists after trying these DIY solutions, you will want to have your slow sink drain looked at by a professional.