plunger and bathroom sink
plunger and bathroom sink

5 Easy Ways to Clear A Clogged Drain

Clogs are a real nuisance, but with the right product for the job and a little know-how, you’ll be clearing clogs all on your own. Here are five easy DIY techniques for getting your drains to run freely, fast.

1. Clean it

Stoppers can accumulate food, dirt, hair, soap scum and all kinds of gross stuff. Remove your drain stoppers and clean them off completely.

hand cleaning drain with cloth

2. De-gunk it

If the clog’s in the bathroom, check for hair that could be blocking the water flow. Use your finger, a bent hanger, needle-nose pliers, or tweezers to remove it. If standing water remains, try the Drano® Snake Plus Tool + Gel System. It may be the perfect candidate for the job, with a flexible snake tool to help loosen the clog before you use the gel.

drain snake bathroom sink

3. Plunge it

Plungers help dislodge the gunk inside a clogged drain or toilet. For a sink or bathtub, make sure there’s enough water to cover the bottom of the plunger, put the plunger over the drain and push down and up a few times. Try this tip: Block the overflow outlet with a rag to help with suction.

plunger over clogged drain

4. Block it

Prevent clogs before they happen. Place a drain screen over bathroom and kitchen drains to prevent food, hair, pieces of soap, and other debris from leaving you with a clogged drain. You can find drain screens at hardware or bed and bath stores.

clean floor drain

5. Drano® it

For any drain (but not your toilet), arm yourself with Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover—its powerful formula attacks clogs without harming your plastic or metal pipes.

clog remover being poured into sink