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DIY tips for successfully unclogging a floor drain

While there are certain aspects to taking care of your home's plumbing that you may be able to handle yourself, it is very important that you accurately gauge your do-it-yourself abilities -- one wrong move with your household plumbing system could end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Floor drains are particularly tricky, because if a clog occurs it can back up the drainage in your basement and garage, potentially damaging the foundation of your home.

You can acquire a plumber's snake at your local hardware store. All you need to do is remove the top of the drain and push the snake in until it comes across the blockage. If you can, pull out whatever is obstructing the flow to free up the drain again.

The simplest solution is often one of the most effective - use a plunger. To make the plunger work even harder, all you need to do is add a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the outer rim to ensure a good seal. Then use it as you would on the toilet of your home and pour some water down after to see if the action was successful.

By mixing a one pound box of baking soda with 32 ounces of white vinegar, you can create a concoction that will be able to eat away at whatever is blocking your drain. Simply pour the ingredients down the drain and wait about 10 minutes before testing to see if it worked.

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