How to Fix a Slow Drain

Several substances can block drain and cause you the frustration of having a slow drain.
While clumps of hair tend to clog bathroom drains, food particles are usually what clog kitchen drains. If the blockage is not severe, a plunger can be used to dislodge small particles and allow water to move along the drain. In other instances a bent coat hanger can be used to pull out objects that are causing the obstruction. For very severe blockages a chemical alternative or the expertise of a plumber is necessary. However, before taking the pricey professional route, a few everyday household items can be applied.


  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 quarts of boiling water


  1. Pour half cup of baking soda down the clogged drain.
  2. Pour half cup of white vinegar down the clogged drain.
  3. Wait between 25-30 minutes.
  4. Pour the boiling water down the clogged drain.
  5. Wait for a couple of minutes.
  6. Check to see if the remedy worked by turning on the tap.

Tips and Warnings

  • If none of the home remedies work, a stronger chemical for this purpose can be bought at the store. Although these chemicals are much stronger, they are safe to be used in bathroom drains and septic tanks.
  • If all home remedies fail, do not try to pull apart or fix the drain yourself. Contact a plumber.
  • To avoid slow drains from occurring initially take extra care when handling small food particles in kitchen sinks, and hair in bathtubs.
  • Do not try to wash small particles down any drain purposefully. It may be small enough to pass the drain entry, but it may get stuck in the loops of the drain pipe.