One of the most common issues you may face as a homeowner is a clogged drain. Whether it’s the kitchen sink or the bathroom drain, a blocked drain backs up your everyday life. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also lead to bigger problems like water damage and mold growth.

Here are easy tips from our plumbers to clear a drain on your own:

  • Use a plunger: 

One of the easiest and most effective ways to clear a drain is to use a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain, fill the sink or tub with a few inches of water, and plunge away. The pressure created by the plunger helps dislodge blockages. NOTE: do not use a plunger on a garbage disposal drain!

  • Boiling water: 

Another easy and natural way to clear a blockage is by pouring boiling water down the drain. Boiling water helps dissolve grease or soap that may be causing the blockage.

  • Baking soda and vinegar:

If boiling water doesn’t do the trick, try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. First, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then flush with boiling water.

  • Drain snake:

For more stubborn clogs, a drain snake might be necessary. A drain snake is a long, flexible tool that can be inserted into the drain to help remove blockages. You can purchase a drain snake at your local hardware store.

While these tips can be effective for minor clogs, there are some instances where it’s best to call a plumber. Want to prevent clogged drains before they start? Here are some tips.


Here are signs that it’s time to call a professional for drain cleaning and rooter service:

  • Multiple drains are clogged: 

If you notice that multiple drains in your home are clogged, it could be a sign of a larger issue.

  • Foul smells: 

If you notice foul smells coming from your drains, it could be a sign of a serious blockage or a problem with your plumbing system.

  • Water backups: 

If water is backing up into your sinks or tubs, there’s a major blockage somewhere in your plumbing system.


Shafer is here when you need us, not just for house calls, but also as your trusted advisor. 

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Drain experts at Shafer Services Plus are trained and certified to clear, clean, maintain, and replace drain systems. Some of our drain services provided include:


What to expect when you call a drain technician from Shafer Services Plus:

Our professional technicians will inspect the issue and work with you to solve drain problems, offering multiple solutions to meet your budget. Whether it’s a simple fix like drain clearing or a bigger job like replacing a water line, we’re here to serve you.


Shafer Services Plus takes pride in ensuring 100% satisfaction on all services.

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