02/16/2012 08:25 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Unclog A Drain (PHOTOS)

We don't have to tell you that sink, toilet and shower clogs are an inconvenience, especially if slow water drainage leaves obvious residue grime around the bowl or tub. But if left untreated, clogs can also lead to flooding, corroded pipes and unstable water pressure. Instead of calling an expensive plumber, you can usually take matters into your own hands. Click through the slideshow below to see the top seven ways to unclog a drain. These methods can be as easy as pouring boiling water or removing gunk with a clothes hanger. Just be prepared for the unsightly hair and slime buildup you might fish out.

Do you have other simple plumber-less drain unclogging tips? Let us know in the comments!