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How to Clear Clogged Drains

Chemical products to clear clogged drains? Better to avoid!

How to drain the sink? It happened to everyone as soon as you turn on the water in the sink, shower, or tub and instead of running smoothly, it is clogged. After seeing countless commercials for liquid cleaners, your first thought is to buy that bottle of thick blue liquid with chemicals because you believe it will do the job. The bad news that companies that make sewage cleaners won’t tell you these chemicals are bad for your pipes, regardless of whether the bottle claims to be “safe for the pipes.”. But how to clear clogged drains?

If you insist on trying a liquid-based solution to eliminate small discharges, choose an all-natural enzyme product. These products use natural enzymes to eliminate bacteria and organic material that clog the pipes. So we can say these products are better used for monthly drain maintenance rather than cleaning them, but we have some simpler (and less expensive) DIY solutions that you can try before buying an expensive product.

Maintenance of “do-it-yourself” sanitary systems

If your drains are just a little slow, or you want to clean your drains every month to make sure dirt doesn’t build up along the pipe walls, there are two easy solutions that might work:

Hot water.

How to Clear Clogged DrainsPour a large amount of very hot (but not hot) water down the drain that you are having trouble with or want to clean. Follow it with a little fresh water to find the drains you just melted.

Baking soda and vinegar.

Vinegar and baking soda have properties that are particularly useful for cleaning the house. Pour half a glass of baking soda over the clogged drain and chase it with half a glass of vinegar and let it sit overnight. Wash the drains with hot water in the morning, and they will work like new! It is strongly recommended to do this at least once a month!

Tools to unblock clogged drains

If you find yourself with a clogged drain and want to try to fix the situation yourself before calling the experts, don’t use chemical cleaners, but use a plunger gun with compressed air to remove clogged hair from the sink.

Snake or hook:

A plumber’s snake or hook is a tool used to unblock clogged drains in plumbing. There are several types. But the general idea is to push the cable into the drain line and turn the handle clockwise. Once the auger hooks into the socket, you can take it out and throw it away.

The plunger

The plunger is a gimmick that cannot be missing in the home and can really come in handy. Put it under hot water for a while before using it. Thus, the rubber will spread, adapting better to the edges of the toilet and then apply pressure. Once in place, pull several times to loosen the cap.

The caustic soda

A very good and natural method is to use caustic soda. Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is the medicine to be used only in case of severe and prolonged obstruction of the sink or household drains. Try using this product to see the difference in your clogged sink.

How to avoid clogged drains?

Of course, the best way to avoid a clogged drain is not to throw any food scraps down the sink in the first place. Here is a list of the most common things people throw in the sink or toilet that can cause serious problems over time:

  • Fat or oil (pour them into a jar, wait for them to solidify, then throw them away and let the hot water run for the next 2 minutes.
  • Eggshell fragments
  • Pasta, rice, and potato skins
  • Bone
  • Fibrous foods
  • Coffee grounds
  • Feminine products (sanitary napkins, etc.)
  • Fabrics and paper towels
  • Wipes
  • Hair (get a cap for the shower or tub!)

This is how to clear clogged drains on your own. But, call the experts if the ‘do-it-yourself’ drain cleaning doesn’t work

It is always necessary to turn to a reliable plumber with experience in this sector, when ‘do-it-yourself‘ solutions do not solve the situation. Somerset Hydraulic Emergency Response, we operate throughout the provincial territory, offering hydraulic repair and unblocking services for clogged drains. We provide a prompt same day service with an experienced team ready to intervene at any time of the day, even during night hours, holidays, and the month of August. For any emergency, call us at our dedicated number. We will be happy to put our experience at your complete disposal!

Call 01823475156

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