Aug 20

Fix a Clogged Drain

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I noticed that clog in my bathroom sink a few weeks ago. It was bad, but it wasn’t so bad that I felt like going to the trouble of fixing it. It just took a while longer for the water to drain down, that’s all. Today was the day that that small problem became unbearable. The water sat there for what seemed like hours.

I dislike working with plumbing matters very much and I’m always afraid that I’ll end up ruining the job and having to call a plumber (big $$$). I have been told about this ‘old tyme’ remedy where you pour baking soda down the drain, plug any overflow holes, pour vinegar into the drain, and put the stopper over the drain. I have tried this once before in my kitchen and it didn’t work at all. Nevertheless, I thought I’d give it another try. No success. In fact, it seemed to make it worse. Then I tried plunging it. Again, no success.

Next, I thought “if I were a cloggy mass of hair, slime, and bacteria, what would repel me?” Plaque breath? Yes, but not enough to make me want to move on down the drain. Cooking oil? Yes! That would repel me. I went downstairs and got some cooking oil and poured about half a cup (four fluid ounces or 120 ml) into the pool of dirty water in my sink. It seemed to make sense that it would lubricate whatever obstruction was sitting in there. Next, I plunged it. Not a hard plunge, but a simple medium plunge. Lo and behold, the drain cleared almost within an instant.

I love froogalisms like this. I saved myself a couple hundred bucks I could have spent on a plumber, saved the ten buck I could have paid for a bottle of Liquid Plumr (which I have not had any success with in the past), and got the job done properly for the cost of half a cup (four fluid ounces or 120 ml) of vegetable oil. This is froogalism at its finest!

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1 comment

    • Jenn on August 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Cooking oil. Wow! Who would have thought. What a smart idea..it makes so much sense and will save a lot of cents! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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