How To Unclog Your Drain At Home


Severson Plumbing is always here to get the job done! But before you call us, we’re sharing a few tips on how you may be able to perform a drain cleaning at your Irvine CA home without needing emergency plumbing services. 

Hot Water

Before you call a Severson plumber, try boiling a pot of water to filter through your clogged drain! You’ll want to clear any excess liquid in your sink as much as you can before attempting a drain cleaning. From there, pour the entire kettle or pot of hot water slowly down the drain to flush away the clog. If there is still standing water, clear it again, pour salt down the drain, and repeat the process again until the drain is cleared.


Much like a toilet, it is possible to unclog your sink drain using a plunger (you can even purchase a mini punger designed specially for unclogging drains!) The process does take time, patience, and skill… but we’re here to teach you how to plunge like a pro! First, block off the other side of your sink so as not to risk water and materials shooting out from the opposite side. Then, you’ll want to add hot water to create a barrier between the plunger and the drain. From there, plunge up and down like you would a toilet for a few seconds, and repeat the process again until the drain is cleared.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Perhaps the most popular DIY drain cleaning method is the combination of baking soda and vinegar, which resembles the effects of a store-bought drain cleaner. After dawning your protective wear, like rubber gloves and goggles, add dish soap and hot water to your clogged drain. Make sure no standing water remains in the sink. Then, add one cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar. Let sit for about 15 minutes, then flush the drain with about two more cups of hot water. Repeat the process again until the drain is cleared.

A clogged drain can be a serious and difficult maintenance issue. Luckily, you have us! For a plumber Irvine CA, drain cleaning Irvine CA, or emergency plumbing Irvine CA visit Severson Plumbing