Who even wants to think about a clogged drain, let alone deal with one? But deal we must since it’s the rare homeowner that never has to face such a problem.
So, there it is. Water backing up in a sink or tub water that takes forever to drain. Once, twice, maybe even three times you ignore it, but you know better – sooner or later, you’ll be forced to act. What’s the easy way out? Grab a bottle of a store-bought drain cleaning solution, pour in the prescribed amount, and let it do its magic. Except, that’s precisely the wrong way to go about it.
Liquid drain cleaners often contain harmful chemicals such as sodium hydroxide which can cause eye and throat irritation while eroding the inside of your metal pipes. Plus, they’re horrible for the environment.
Instead, try one or more of these non-chemical drain cleaning methods.
- Pour hot water down the drain.
This seems like a relatively simple solution, but it may be just the push the clog needs to dislodge. It can also melt substances that could be clogging the drain.
- Baking soda and vinegar.
Either substance can effectively clear a drain on its own, but they’re much more potent when used in combination. Pour a half-cup each down the drain and let it sit there for a half-hour with the drain lid closed. Then, just for good measure, pour some boiling hot water down the drain to flush it clean.
- Take apart the P-trap.
The curve in the plumbing is where most sink clogs occur. It may be necessary to take it apart and use a drain-clearing snake or auger to pull out a clog.
- Use a plunger.
This is the most common method for removing a clog. The suction will loosen whatever is blocking the drain. For better results, it’s also important to use the right plunger for each application. Sink drains are smaller and have flat plunging surfaces unlike toilet or shower plungers.
- Use all-natural cleaners.
You can find products made from eco-friendly, all-natural ingredients at your local grocery store that may help dislodge the obstruction. These products also are effective at preventing future drain clogs.
If you’ve tried everything you can think of and still aren’t succeeding, we’d be happy to take over and get the job done. Plumbtastic Plumbing and Rooter is your go-team of professional drain cleaners, no matter how daunting the task. Contact us today or anytime for the help you need.