It is easy for drains to get clogged in a home, and it doesn’t mean that the homeowner did anything wrong when a drain gets backed up with hair or food products. There are easy ways that a drain can be cleaned that will not require a plumber, or require costly repairs.
Do Not Use Drano
Many people associate clogged drains with Drano or another chemical that prevents clogs. Plumbers generally do not suggest using these since they can cause damage to the pipes and fittings in the house. Drano also joins waste-water and will end up in rivers and streams, causing harm to the environment. Furthermore, if a plumber is working on a drain that Drano has been used in, the plumber is exposed to harmful chemicals.
The main ingredients in cleaners like Drano are bleach and sodium hydroxide, a corrosive salt. Contact with the human body can cause side effects such as irritation, vision issues, vomiting, shock, and chemical burns. More serious problems can occur with longer exposure.
Naturally, Unclog a Drain
A snake or other device to physically remove the clog can be used. If a snake is not handy, another suggestion is to use a plunger, baking soda, water and vinegar to unclog the drain.
How you would naturally unclog a drain is by following these steps:
- Removing all standing water from the drain and making it relatively dry;
- Put a ½ box of baking soda down the drain;
- Pour ½ cup of vinegar down the drain;
- Immediately plug the drain with the plunger so that nothing can escape and hold it tightly in place;
- Leave mixture in the drain for 30 minutes;
- Remove the plunger and pour 1 quart of boiling water down the drain; and
- Repeat if necessary.
Some clogs can easily be fixed by using a natural unclogging method, but some drains will be a bit more stubborn to beat! If your home has a clogged drain that is resistant to your efforts, call an experienced plumber to help clear your drains.