DRAIN CLEARING - DIY DRAIN MAINTENANCE

A clogged drain is a pain none of us likes to endure. Clogged drains tend to happen at the worst possible times, such as when you’re expecting guest. Fortunately, you can unclog most drains quickly with the right maintenance. You can take these steps to unclog your drains and keep the water flowing freely.

DIY DRAIN CLEARING

When you have a clog, you need a quick solution. There are several easy, safe methods to try first that might solve your problem.

SOLUTION 1: SALT AND HOT WATER

Boil a pot of water on your stove. Pour one-half cup of kosher or table salt into your drain. Then pour the boiling water on top of the salt. Keep flushing with very hot water from the tap until the clog clears.

This solution works especially well for kitchen drains, where food waste, oils, and other dirt accumulate in the pipes. Hot water dissolves any grease buildup and loosens collected dirt. The salt softens the water and helps it move freely.

SOLUTION 2: BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR

For a tough clog, this is an effective and safe solution as compared to using harsh chemicals. It’s best done at the end of the day, when the drain won’t be in use.

First, pour one-half cup of baking soda in the drain. Then pour one-half cup of white vinegar on top. The mixture will instantly foam and bubble. Cover the mixture to maximize unclogging power. Leave the drain alone for several hours or overnight. Then boil a large pot of water. Uncover the drain and pour the hot water over the drain. Repeat as necessary to remove the clog.

SOLUTION 3: SINK PLUNGER

Just as you use a plunger to clear a clogged toilet, you can use a sink plunger to unclog a drain in your sink. It’s simply a small plunger that fits over the drain in your sink. For the plunger to work, you’ll need several inches of water in your sink. Push the plunger vigorously for several strokes until the water begins to drain. Flush the sink with clean water afterward.

SOLUTION 4: MANUALLY REMOVE THE CLOG

This isn’t fun, but if your clog is near the drain opening, it can be the fastest way to remove the clog. Put on plastic gloves and remove the drain cover. Use your fingers to pull out any hair or materials that are causing the clog. Avoid using sharp objects to remove the clog, as they can damage your pipes. Flush with hot water.

AVOIDING HARSH CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS

It’s tempting to turn to a strong chemical to unclog your drain in a hurry. The problem is that harsh chemicals don’t always solve the problem and may even cause it to reoccur.

Harsh chemicals can erode metal pipes and possibly damage your sink or tub. These chemicals don’t always remove the clog the first time. Using the chemicals again and again can cause leaks in your pipes. You’ll have a much more expensive problem if you use chemicals to attempt to clear your clog.

Even worse, the chemicals contaminate ground water, septic systems, and city water supplies. To treat the environment well, avoid using harsh chemicals when you have a clog.

CALL FOR EXPERT HELP

If you’ve tried the DIY methods and you still have a clog, call the experts at R & R Plumbing. Whether you live in Canton or Akron, we can unclog your drain with the right tools that won’t damage your pipes.