Call This Monday to Get $50 Off

Mar 06, 2024

Drain Cleaning Solutions

Whether you have standing water in the kitchen sink or you’re taking a shower and the water is pooling in your bathroom with no sign of going down the drain, drain clogs can be a nuisance. Clogged drains may result from tree root intrusion, damaged pipes, grease buildup, foreign objects lodged in drain pipes, and many other causes. Fortunately, there are several drain cleaning solutions homeowners can utilize to get rid of clogs. Some are DIY methods that homeowners can handle without needing professional help, while others must be performed by professional plumbers.

Here at Rooter Man Plumbing, we specialize in clogged drain line repair, so we are conversant with various drain cleaning solutions. In this article, Rooter Man Plumbing explores 5 drain cleaning solutions used in both residential and commercial properties.

Drain Cleaning Solutions

Baking Soda & Vinegar

This natural method is a popular and often effective solution for mild clogs caused by grease, soap scum, or hair. Here's how it works:

  • Step 1: Pour the baking soda down the drain.
  • Step 2: Slowly add the vinegar.
  • Step 3: Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Step 4: Flush the drain with hot water. This helps flush away the loosened debris and the baking soda-vinegar mixture.


A plunger can be used to clear clogs caused by soft materials like toilet paper, hair, and food scraps. It works by forcing air pressure through the clog to dislodge it. Here’s how to use a plunger:

  • Step 1: Ensure the sink or toilet bowl has enough water to cover the cup of the plunger. This creates a good seal for effective plunging.
  • Step 2: Place the plunger cup over the drain opening, ensuring a complete seal.
  • Step 3: Push down forcefully and steadily on the plunger handle several times.
  • Step 4: Pull the plunger up sharply. This helps break the vacuum created and remove the clog.
  • Step 5: Repeat the process if necessary.

Drain Snaking

Drain snaking is a more aggressive method than plunging and is effective for deeper clogs or those caused by hair and other fibrous materials.  A drain snake is a long, flexible metal cable with an auger at the end. It is inserted into the drain and manually rotated to break up and remove clogs located deeper within the pipes. Here’s how to use a drain snake:

  • Step 1: Feed the auger end of the snake into the drain opening. Slowly push the cable in, turning the handle to feed it further.
  • Step 2: As you feel resistance, turn the handle clockwise to rotate the auger. This helps break up the clog.
  • Step 3: Continue feeding the cable and turning the handle until you feel you've reached the clog.
  • Step 4: Once you've reached the clog, pull the snake back slowly, maintaining tension to remove the clog and debris.
  • Step 5: Run hot water through the drain to flush away any remaining debris.

Drain snaking requires some physical effort, and using the wrong size or technique can damage your pipes. If you're unsure about using a drain snake yourself, consider calling a professional plumbing service.


This method utilizes a high-pressure stream of water to blast away stubborn clogs and debris. It is particularly effective for removing deeply embedded blockages, grease buildup, and even tree roots. Hydro-jetting should be entrusted to a professional plumbing repair service because of the potential risks and complexities involved.

Need Professional Drain Cleaning? Contact Rooter Man Plumbing Today

Deeply embedded clogs, as well as those caused by tree roots and damaged pipes, are never easy to deal with. That’s why you need to rely on a reputable plumbing repair service like Rooter Man Plumbing to take care of stubborn clogs. Our plumbers are experts in drain cleaning and have modern tools to get rid of the most stubborn clogs and restore proper wastewater flow. If you need professional clogged drain line repair, contact Rooter Man Plumbing today.


Our Clients Feedbacks

qutes We had a busted drain pipe. And we found Rooter Man Plumbing when we were searching for local plumbers in the area. We were having trouble finding someone to come out and fix it. I called the Rooter Man and they showed up the same day and fixed it in less than an hour. Very quick and reliable. Kept their number just in case if we need a plumber later.

Scott Prescott

qutes We made the call and Rooter Man responded in a very acceptable time and took care of the problem quickly and efficiently. We are very thankful of the service provided by Rooterman. Highly recommended. Get ‘er done. Keep up the good job. I was very pleased with the completed job and no mess left.

Marc Mund

qutes We were very pleased with the service we had today with Rooter Man. Dan, our technician, was professional and efficient. He explained the problem well, provided the cost up front, wasted no time, and suggested solutions for future problems should they occur.

L Watson

qutes Came the same day and cleared the clog. I would recommend Rooter Man Plumbing to anyone in the Reno area looking to hire a plumber. Their crew completed the job as expected and left no mess behind. I kept their phone number and they are the plumbing company to call If I need any plumbing repairs in the future.

Paul Campos

qutes Adam was very professional. I found Rooter Man Plumbing when I was searching online for a plumber in my area. I was very pleased from scheduling to the completion of the project. They did really great job replacing our sewer lines. And their pricing was reasonable as well compared to the other plumbing companies in the area. They are now our go-to plumbing company when we need any type of plumbing repairs. Thank you guys for the work and thanks not leaving any mess behind :)

Tim Neith

qutes Adam was awesome! Thank you Adam!

Rocio Munoz

qutes Fast response and efficient service. Thank you!!

in fo

qutes Adam is a great asset to your company.

Bible Fellowship Baptist Churc

qutes Came within 2 hours and fixed the drain problem. Easy!

Wendy Poore

qutes Rory got here fairly quick for dinner time on a Saturday night. His actions were even faster for a complicated problem that had waste water backing into a first floor tub. Since it wasn’t our first time, he scoped the problem and gave us an assessment of the necessity for future repairs. Rory is very professional and honest. An Expert Plumber.

Jack Miller