There are many emergencies that you have to deal with as a homeowner that you don't receive training for how to deal with on your own. For example, if you have a clogged sewer line, you might think that you can't deal with the problem on your own. This is not necessarily the case. Here are three home remedies you should try before you call in a plumber. 

Check the P Trap

Sewer lines tend to stink. To prevent odors from permeating your house, plumbers will use a P trap, which is nothing more nor less than a section of U-shaped pipe that directs water up for a couple of inches before it allows it to continue to travel down along its normal course. Once you turn your faucet off, a little bit of water will remain in the bottom of this section of pipe, which will prevent vapors from getting into your house. It can also allow grease, hair, or other substances that could potentially cause a clog to accumulate. Usually you can remove the collars that hold this section of pipe in place by hand. You may, however, need a pipe wrench or set of channel locks to remove the collars. If your remove the pipe and find a clog, clean it out. 

Use a Combination of Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you have ever made a homemade volcano, then you know how combining baking soda with vinegar can create a lot of gas. Pour about a half cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by a half cup of baking soda, then place the plug on your drain. This will trap the vapor created by combining these two ingredients in your drain. The acid in the vinegar will help to breakdown clogs, and the pressure of the gasses will help to dislodge them. Furthermore, vinegar and baking soda will be much less corrosive than other chemical agents, so they should damage your pipes less than some commercial pipe cleaners. 

Use a Pipe Snake

A pipe snake is a plumber's tool that you can use to clean out tough clogs in a drain. You may be able to rent or purchase such a tool on your own, but if you can't, then you will have to call in a plumber to do it for you. 

Cleaning your own drains will save you money. If you do what you can to clear your drains and fail, then at least you can hire a plumber with the assurance that there is nothing that you could have done on your own. Click here to investigate more information on drain cleaning.