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I come from a family of plumbers. My brother-in-law, uncles, and cousins are in the trade. But I have one product that easily opens a drain without the help of the family.

“Zip-It” is an inexpensive long piece of plastic that looks like fish bones. I bought mine at Home Depot for under $3. Simply slide it down the drain and pull up. You will be amazed at the amount of gunk it retrieves and how much better the water will go down your drain.

I clean the Zip-It! and reuse. If that grosses you out, just toss it as the package recommends.

©Mary K. Doyle

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