The tub drain has been slowing down. I first noticed it a week or two ago after we had a plumbing back up in the basement. The plumber came out and snaked the main drains and we cleaned up the water that had pooled. But as a paranoid individual, especially when it comes to home maintenance, I kept listening to the drains, and to me the one in the tub sounded louder. Each day I showered it seemed so close, the water falling so loudly through the pipes, I was almost sure that I would get sucked down into the melodious drain and then swirl slowly to my death.
I have yet to be sucked into the small tub drain. The water drains slow and loud and I groan because I’m out of drain-o.
Today I decided to try my hand at home remedies for slow drains. I heard someone mention that they keep vinegar and baking soda under their bathroom sink for just such purposes and I decided to give it a go.
In the name of science I measured: 3 tablespoons baking soda,
1 cup vinegar,
combined and waited.
I gave my mixture a whole minute to work and then I flushed the system with water. And nothing seemed to change. LAME!
At which point I decided to get a little more information. According to random message boards about home remedies the solution should work, I just have to adjust:
- my recipe. 1/2 c. baking soda and 1/2 c. vinegar
- my wait time. Most sites suggest an hour or two, not a minute or two. I guess that makes sense considering even drain-o needs 15 minutes.
- flush the system with HOT water. Most people suggest that I boil some water and then flush the system with that.
- methods. Many people also recommend closing the drain. I suspect that this allows the pressure of the reaction to move things along. Or something.
Take 2: I made the modifications as recommended.
And I waited.
And then I poured in my boiling water and waited some more.
The Verdict: It worked better once I followed the extended directions. The drain is still a little loud and a little slow, but not like it was. I’m thinking it’s just time to clean out the drain. Perhaps if this was just to keep things moving on a regular basis it would be great, but it isn’t the end all solution.