With a few inexpensive household items, you can avoid a costly visit from the plumber by clearing drain clogs yourself.

Using cola..
Pour 3 cups of warm cola down your drain and let it sit overnight; the citric acid in the soda will break up any buildup in your pipes. In the morning, run hot water to help flush the remains.

Dissolve it with fizz.
Drop 3 denture tablets down the drain followed with a cup of vinegar. When mixed together, they bubble to dissolve drain buildup. After the bubbling stops, run hot water down the drain.

Bubble break.
Pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then 1 cup white vinegar immediately after. Cover the drain to force the bubbles down into the pipes; let sit for 15 minutes, then flush it down with a gallon of water.

Bring on the water.
Boil a teapot of water and pour it down the drain very slowly.This will loosen any grease or dirt that may be plugging it up.

Take the plunge.
Plungers are not just for the toilet. Buy a mini version at a hardware store and use it to suck up debris that’s stuck in the drain. Tip: If you line the plunger rim with petroleum jelly it will improve the suction.

A family of four, each showering for 5 minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week; this is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half by simply using low-flow aerating showerheads and faucets.

Geoff Archambault

Geoff Archambault

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CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty
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