Should You Clean Your Own Drain?
We all know the drill – we turn on the water and instead of flowing down the drain, it ends up going the other way around and make our day much more interesting. We start thinking of everything we can use to fix the problem; however, it is not always a simple a walk in the park. Even the drain cleaners available in stores contain chemicals that are harmful to your pipes—no matter whether the bottle claims to be “safe on pipes.”
In any case, most people would at least try a liquid-based solution to clear up minor clogs. Its natural enzymes break up organic material and bacteria clogging pipes, but they won’t break down particularly tough clogs.
Now, for a bit slower drains then usual or for regular monthly drain maintenance to ensure gunk doesn’t build up along pipe walls, there are two easy, inexpensive solutions that could work:
Hot water is always a good choice. Simply pour a large pot of very hot water down the drain to melt the clogs away. Then, just keep on pouring some cool water to get rid of the clogs.
Baking soda and vinegar. Half a cup of baking soda down the drain mixed with half a cup of vinegar is the right trick to get the job done. Plug the sink and let it sit overnight. In the morning, simply flush the drains with hot water and you will be all set to go.
Tools for more serious challenges
If you end up with a tougher issue of a clogged drain and want to do your best before calling in the Red Deer Plumbing experts, keep an auger or a drain snake as well as a cup plunger on hand.
Snake or auger
A plumber’s snake or auger is a physical tool used to break up clogs in pipes by feeding the snake’s thick wire or cable through the drainpipe and turn a handle that keeps the snake spinning inside the pipe. Once the auger hooks onto the clog, pull it out and get rid of the mess.
Cup plungers work best on small clogs. Start by blocking the overflow opening to seal the drain and create the proper suction needed to plunge. Place the plunger fully over the drain and run a small amount of water in the sink, then begin plunging up and down. You’ll probably feel when the clog loosens as the plunger will become easier to plunge.
Finally, the best way to avoid dealing with a clogged drain that requires plumbing services is to use it properly in the first place. Some of the major causes of drain problems can be evaded by not throwing the following items into the drain:
- Grease, fats, or oil
- Pasta, rice, and potatoes
- Stringy or fibrous foods
- Coffee grounds
- Feminine products
- Tissues and paper towels
- “Flush-able” wipes
If you think that there may be a drain problem with your toilet you can check out this article 5 Signs of Toilet Problems