Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Works For Me Wednesday-Unclogging Slow Drains

Hey everyone! Since "renting" a handy man costs $65-$100 an hour... sometimes I decide to put on the big girl panties and try to fix things all-by-myself. The bathroom sink was draining painfully slowly so I walked down the plumbing isle at Walmart and this little beauty caught my eye:
It's about 18" long and has those little yellow barbs that catch hair etc in the pipe so it can be removed.
Insert, push down, pull out (slowly-yuck) and toss. Easy peasy!
Full disclosure: I did wipe it off carefully in an upward motion with paper towels 
and ran it down the other side of the drain too.
Now, am I saying this is a cure-all? No, but it's sure worth a try before you call the plumber!

A quick review:
Problem-slow draining bathroom sink
Solution-$2.24 plus tax
Life is good:@)

19 comments:

  1. I so need one of these. I have super thick long curly hair which means the tub is always draining slow. I have been doing it the Redneck way with a wire hanger. And you are right is is oh so gross!

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  2. I have used it too, also wearing the big girl panties, with great results! xo

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  3. Thanks for this, I could use one of those gadgets.

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  4. What a great little tool to have on hand. I'll have to get one of those. And kudos to you for puttin' your big girl panties on... you did it!

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  5. Lynn, I'm putting this on my shopping list. Looks like a handy tool to have around.

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  6. I need one of these too. I have a handy man in my life, but he is a big procrastinator!

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  7. Good job, Lynn! My hubby and I clean out our slow drains with pressurized water - i.e., the garden hose. Your solution looks less time consuming and only takes one person!
    xo Beth

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  8. I am with you, Lynn! I will look for this, but I have other nagging issues that need to be repaired here that I will need to call a professional. :( xo

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  9. I have seen those and wondered if they work. Hey just getting the hair out of drains makes a huge difference! :)

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  10. Don't you just love it when inexpensive fix its work as advertised! Congratulations!! LOL

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  11. Dh has one of these and it saves us a lot of time and money. But every once in a while it gets so bad this little tool just won't do the trick anymore. I wish I had stock in a plumbing company!

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  12. Hey - thank you - looks like a great idea. Sandie

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  13. I vote for that remedy! At 2.24, well that is totally worth it.

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  14. Hey....that IS pretty cool.

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  15. I so need one of these for the shower drain! Will look out for one next time we're in the States,

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  16. Not that you want to know, but I used one like that for a toilet once. I'd prefer it pushed it through rather than pull it back up though.

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  17. A Zip - It tool is effective for slow draining sinks, my friend. You made a smart decision in buying one. It will fully remove all the debris that collected in the drains. By the way, I want to share a simple technique in unclogging the sink’s drain: Pour hot water onto your sink’s drain to restore its normal flow.

    Darryl Iorio

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