In a perfect world, nothing but water would make its way down the drain. But the reality is that grease, hair and other residue build up in drains, which can lead to clogs and other issues.
While it’s always best to have a trained professional look at your drain, we understand that you may want to try to fix it yourself first. So, before you grab that bottle of Drain-O, here are four tips to help you clean out your drains, without corrosive chemicals:
Drain Cleaning Tips
- Hot Water
- While this won’t work every time, hot or boiling water may help clear up small blockages, such as seen with slow moving drains. All you need to do is run the hot tap until the water drains properly. We don’t advise using boiling water since it can cause damage to PVC pipes.
- Most households have a cup plunger standing by in the bathroom. You can either use this plunger, or purchase a sink plunger to force the clog out. For tub drains, you’ll want to seal the overflow drain to prevent the clog from escaping that way.
- Homemade Drain Cleaners
- For grease clogs, pour ½ cup of baking soda deep into the drain. Then pour ½ cup of vinegar and cover. Once the fizzing stops, add more vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- The acidity of vinegar may be corrosive for certain pipe materials.
- Drain Snake
- For smaller clogs, you can purchase a drain snake, also called a pipe cleaner, to see if you can break through or pull out the clog. Many department stores also sell drain augers, which are miniature versions of the drain snakes our plumbers use. We advise against using these yourself due to the possibility of damage to your pipes.
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