Most clogs happen because of an accumulation of things inside your pipes that over time. The main culprit in the bathroom is usually an accumulation of things like soap and body hair, while in the kitchen, it's often grease that's dumped down the sink that's to blame. If you are in need of a professional drain cleaning, contact your local plumber or sewer service to get assistance. In the meantime, try the following tips using products you have around the house to remove a clog on your own and hopefully prevent it from coming back.
Baking Soda and Vinegar is an Explosive Pairing
One of the most cost-effective ways to remove a clog is to use a couple of products you probably already have around the house. Baking soda mixed with vinegar will create an explosion of foam that will run through your pipes and hopefully take any debris it encounters out with it. This is most effective when used in the kitchen sink. Put some baking soda down the drain, pour vinegar on top, and then quickly cover the drain so that the chemical reaction doesn't bubble up into the sink. This is also a great method to use if you just want to clean your pipes to prevent a clog in the future.
A Wire Hanger is a Cheap Way to Fish Out a Clog
Professional plumbers often have what are called "snakes", which are long wires that can run down into your drain and pipe system to remove any clog that they find. You can create your own cheaper version of this tool with a simple wire hanger. It won't be as sturdy as an actual snake tool, but if unless the clog is really bad, it should still help get the job done. Straighten a coat hanger out completely, and then make a hook on one end. Gently lower the hook into the drain, and then pull up. You will hopefully be able to pull out some hair or other gunk on the way up. Don't ever push down on the source of the clog or you will make the situation worse.
Shop Vacuums Can Suck Up the Problem
This will only work if you have a shop vacuum that can handle wet substances. The filter and bag must also be able to be removed. If your shop vacuum has a tube extension, simply place the end of the tube along the end of the drain, and turn it on. Provided the clog isn't too far down, the strong power of the vacuum will likely suck up the mess of hair or whatever else is down there. At the very least, it will loosen the clog so that another method can then be attempted.
If you encounter a clog in your home, you may want to contact a professional plumbing and sewer service. But if you want to try and go it alone, some simple household products like baking soda, vinegar, a coat hanger, or even the shop vacuum you have in your basement can be used to fight a clog.