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Upkeep with your home’s plumbing can be a hassle, and fixing a clogged drain or pipe can be a daunting task to many. So here are some of the quickest and easiest cleaning techniques that will get the job done so you can get back to your day.

First, we can go over the signs of a potential clog in your plumbing. To assess how severe the clog is and where, first take note whether a single fixture is slowed or if the whole building is experiencing a problem (this applies to both residential and corporate plumbing). If the problem is isolated to one fixture, you can get by with some easy fixes.

Oftentimes a single clogged drain can affect other aspects of your plumbing as well. Going back to some of the warning signs of a clog, the obvious red flag is a slow drain but there are some more discrete signals such as a bad smell, cracks in fixtures or discolored water.

Once you’ve identified the problem, there are a few techniques to try. The safest and easiest way to fix clogged drains is to call in an expert or use a plumbing snake, but if you want to save money and don’t have the necessary tools, try some DIY fixes instead. Here are a few options to try. One technique is to pour about a quarter cup of baking soda along with one cup of vinegar. After a few minutes of waiting, bring some water to a light boil and use it to rinse out the drain. This breaks down the mineral deposits along the inner lining of the pipe that is causing the plug. If the fixture allows for it, you can also use a plunger to dislodge any obstruction. Another method is to buy a chemical drain cleaner from your local superstore. Though keep in mind, these chemicals often have harsh ingredients that can thin the walls of the pipe, so be sparing when using them in your home.

If all of these techniques still fail, you can easily fix a clogged drain  in your home by relying on the experts!