If you are thrift conscious, never put anything down your
pipes but water. Putting anything but water down your sink can be akin to
throwing money out the window. Even when you put something you think is
"safe" down your drain, you need to run the water for a minute to make sure to
goes all the way down the pipes. That wastes water. If you never put
anything down your drain except water, you should never have to call the plumber
to come unclog your sink.
If your drain is giving you
problems, you can try filling it up with water, and then letting the pressure of
the water when you unplug the sink clear the drain. Other methods include
boiling water and baking soda. Vinegar will remove scum and keep your
Here are some more frugal tips for drains.
- To unclog a drain, use baking
soda followed by vinegar.
- To unclog a drain, try
bringing a pan of water to a boil, add a little Dawn detergent, and
the whole mixture down the drain.
- If you clogged sink has
standing water, use a plunger first.
- Use a retail snake designed
for homeowners to unplug a sink.
- Unwind a hanger and try using
is as a snake.