When dealing with a clogged drain, many people will either reach for the plunger or immediately contact a plumber. While there are some situations in which the help of a professional will be required, most drain clogs can be dealt with on a do-it-yourself basis. In fact, you typically unclog your drain in just a matter of minutes using simple ingredients that you already have on hand. Best of all, since this DIY drain cleaner uses only all-natural products, you can be sure that it is safe for both your pipes and the environment. Continue reading to learn how you can put this all-natural cleaner to work for you.
What You Will Need
Step 1: Empty Sink Basin And Add Baking Soda
Using an old cup, empty as much of the water from your sink basin as possible. When you are no longer able to remove any water using the cup, finish the job using a sponge to absorb the remaining water.
Once the sink basin is free of water, pour an entire cup of baking soda directly into the clogged drain. If the entire cup will not fit into the drain due to the clog, simply allow the baking soda to overflow into the sink basin rather than reducing the amount being used.
Step 2: Create A Chemical Reaction
Before you complete this next step, be sure that your plastic drain stopper is close by. You will need to put this stopper in place quickly in order to contain the chemical reaction within your pipe.
Once you are ready to proceed, add a cup of white vinegar to your drain and put the drain stopper in place. The vinegar will begin to react with the baking soda immediately causing a foaming action. As the gas produced by this chemical reaction begins to build up inside your pipe, the resulting pressure will force the clog out of your pipe and allow the drain to flow freely. For best results, be sure to leave the drain stopper in place for at least thirty minutes before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Flush The Drain
In order to flush the cleaning solution and any remaining debris from your pipes, simply flush the drain with a kettle of boiling water. At this point the drain should be running clear. However, if you are still experiencing a slow drain or the clog has not been removed, repeat the steps above until the drain is cleared.
A Final Thought
While the drain clearing method described above is extremely efficient when dealing with food, grease, or other organic clogs, this approach will not be able to clear a solid object from your drains. If someone has flushed a hard object down the drain, you will need to seek out the assistance of professional plumbers in order to safely remove the object without damaging the pipe in the process.Share
24 February 2015
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