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Posts tagged "drains"
Asker housepea Asks:
I checked the tag for drains, but couldn't find the answer. Can you use a drain volcano with a garbage disposal? Should I run the disposal while volcano-ing? I've never used a volcano before, but I think my drain would benefit from it. Thanks! :D
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

You can volcano in the disposal (with it off), then run with lots of cold water and the disposal on to flush out the gunk.

my kitchen sink is a bit wonky and has trouble draining sometimes. i want to drain volcano it, but one of the sides leaks underneath. would that be a bad idea?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Maybe try putting something underneath to catch any overflow?

Asker abbulark Asks:
ufyh please help me my bathroom sink smells bad and is slow, even when we clean it with like yr han-d-plumbr type stuff it just starts to stink up the place not too long after what do I DO....???? is this a time for sink volcano. because that sounds like fun
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

It’s always time for a drain volcano! If your pipes are metal and not PVC, follow it up with a kettle full of boiling water. If they’re PVC, just as hot as the tap allows. You may need to look into a snake or a Zip-it if it’s a persistent problem.

Asker azdesertrose Asks:
My bathroom sink is clogged, and drain volcanoes (which I've done twice) have helped but not completely fixed the problem. Should I just give up and call management (I live in an apartment building) or buy Drano, or should I keep trying with the drain volcanoes? Thanks for UfYH!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

If you aren’t morally opposed to Drano (what? some people are!), then try that. It really does work. I like the gel stuff. If it gets to the point where you’d need a snake or a zip-it, or to disconnect the u-bend and clean it out, call management. It’s usually easier to fix the smaller stuff yourself without having to go through the hassle of other people in your space, even if it’s their job.


tried baking soda and vinegar. in all forms. 2 kinds of liquid plumbr.

i just tried the second kind. it said to wait 7 minutes.

i’m so tired of this.

things i’ve tried already-

  • baking soda/vinegar
  • aggressive plunging
  • regular liquid plumblr gel
  • the urgent liquid plumblr

still waiting to see if the fourth kind works. if not idk what else to do.

i’m kind of getting desperate.

anyone? any suggestions?

Drain snake (plumbing auger) or a Zip-it.

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Asker dlauryn Asks:
Will a drain volcano work on hair?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Depends how much hair. It’s worth a shot, but you might need a snake.

Asker mxandb Asks:
So, my sink drain sort of got really clogged with food gunk (I know, I should use the strainer thing...) and the vinegar and baking soda couldn't break it apart. I also separately tried bleach but that didn't work either. And then I realized I had a plunger - it works on toilets, after all. So I filled the drain with water to get a good water seal - and plunged the sucker. It Totally Worked. You could hear it working! Might not be good in all cases but it sure helped me!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

I can’t believe I forgot about the plunger! Yes! Plungers work on drains, too!

dear UFYH, my bathroom sink has been draining really slowly as of late, so i did a drain volcano and while it helped a little, it's still not functioning at 100%. what can i do? i really don't want to call a plumber. thank you!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

We’ve had a lot of love for the Zip-it and/or drain snakes here.

Also note, I’m not against pulling out the big guns (Liquid Plumr or Draino) if it’s necessary; I just think people go to them too quickly without trying less caustic options first. You might want to give one of those a shot.

Asker katenotkaty Asks:
Any advice on keeping drains clean when you can't do a drain volcano in them? My bathtub drain makes a 90 degree turn pretty much immediately after coming out of the tub. If I dump in baking soda, it just sits there at the bend and when I add the vinegar, the volcano only goes up, so it cleans like the top 2 inches of pipe and the rest of the gunk that's clogging things up is still there (probably just behind the bend, making faces at me). Do I have any options besides Draino?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

It may be worth getting a pipe snake (or having it professionally snaked) to start. If your pipes are metal, you can pour a kettlefull of boiling water down them every so often to keep them clear. If you have PVC pipes, your drain volcanoes should work after you snake it. Or you could try plunging your drain like you would a toilet.

I’m not opposed to Draino if it’s necessary, by the way. I just think people way overuse it, and it shouldn’t be used preventively.

My bathtub drain is full of unidentifiable yuk. I don't really know how to describe it; the sight hurts my soul. What's the best way to clean it?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

My favorite thing for drains that doesn’t involve corrosive chemicals is about half a box of baking soda poured down/around the drain, and then a cup or so (maybe a little more) of white vinegar poured on top. Because: A) volcano. Which is AWESOME; and B) the reaction will help de-gunkify, albeit more slowly than commercial drain cleaner, but also in a way that’s better for your pipes. Follow up about an hour after your volcano by pouring a kettle or pot’s worth of boiling water down the drain. Maintain with boiling water down the drain every other week or so.