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Quick Fix Tips: Slow Drains and Stoppages

Did you know that many common system and appliance failures can be resolved with simple quick fixes? Below I’ve listed our quick fix tips for slow drains and stoppages; if you’re still experiencing a problem, call us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  • Kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower or tub drains slowly.
    If you have multiple stoppages in the home, i.e. toilet, sinks, laundry line, or any combination of these, this would be considered a “main line” stoppage and requires a plumber. Call our service department for assistance! 

    If you have a “slow drain” in a kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower or tub, this can be caused by food, hair and/or sludge build up and can be easily remedied. Pour 1 cup each of baking soda, salt & vinegar. Pour baking soda & salt into drain, immediately followed by vinegar. Let sit for approximately 15-20 minutes. As you wait, boil a pot of water. After the 15-20 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain to flush the pipes out. Note: Do not use this remedy if you have already used a store-bought remedy in the same drain. This may have to be done 1-3 times to clear the line effectively.

    We also recommend liquid drain cleaners (not the crystals). The liquid drain cleaners are not recommended on the kitchen sink if there is a garbage disposal as they have been known to damage the disposals. Make sure to follow the directions for maximum effectiveness.

  • Toilet won’t drain well or at all.
    With the exception of a mainline stoppage, almost all toilet stoppages can be cleared with a plunger!

~ Quick Fix Tips provided courtesy of Old Republic Home Protection, a leader in the home warranty industry, providing superior service, comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing.

For more information on the value and benefits of home warranty coverage or to order a home warranty (also available for investment/rental properties and homes not going through a resale transaction), please contact local area representative Amanda Wood, serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties:

Amanda Wood
Account Executive
Old Republic Home Protection
(800) 282-7131 ext. 1210


Written by Amanda Wood - Go to Amanda's Website/Profile