Five most common ways to unclog pipes

You have to admit that having a flooded sink or bathroom drain can be annoying while you are using them. Clogged pipes delay your daily housekeeping duties and you know you can’t afford to wait for the water build-up to go down the drain just so you can move on with your cleaning.

There are several ways you can deal with clogged pipes, and Plumber Centurion is here to help you out and get your drains flowing properly again:

Baking soda and vinegar

Remember the science experiment you had in school involving baking soda and vinegar? You can do that to your clogged pipes as well! The first thing you need to do is to warm up the clogged pipe with some hot water before pouring in half a cup of baking soda. Start the reaction by pouring in a cup of vinegar. Make sure you cover the drain while the reaction takes place so that the blockage will be moved.


Cola contains phosphoric acid which gives it its tangy flavour. Surprisingly, this acid can also be used to unclog pipes despite its non-toxic effect on humans. Cola is the most recommended soft drink for unclogging since it has the most amount of phosphoric acid. Set two litres of cola to room temperature before pouring them down the drain. If the unclogging has been successful, rinse the pipe with hot water.

Caustic soda

Also known as sodium hydroxide, caustic soda looks like a white powder that must be dissolved in water to be used in unclogging pipes. Be careful when handling caustic soda as it can burn your eyes and damage your skin, digestive system, and lungs. Also, dilute the right amount of sodium hydroxide in water as it might corrode the pipe itself if the ratio of the caustic soda to water isn’t right.


Using a plunger is the most common way of mechanically removing blockages from pipes. It uses one of the basic principles of physics involving pressure: pushing down the plunger into the drain or toilet hole increases the pressure underneath, pushing the water downward. Pulling the plunger up returns the pressure to normal. Keep pushing and pulling enough times and you just might be able to move the blockage out.

Wet/dry vacuum

A wet/dry vacuum is an appliance you can use if you don’t have enough strength to push and pull your plunger or you don’t want to handle harmful chemicals such as caustic soda. To use a wet/dry vacuum to unclog your pipe, remove your drain covers first but make sure you cover any spaces for overflow with wet rags. Insert the vacuum’s hose down the drain to dislodge the blockage.

Dealing with clogged pipes usually involves dissolving the blockages or taking them out and disposing of them properly. If there are clogs that are just too much to handle for you, feel free to contact the experts at Plumber Centurion and your pipes will be flowing in no time.

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