How To Unclog Drains: Home Remedy, Anyone?

unclog drains home remedyWe have always talked about how using chemicals to unclog your drains may damage your pipes. Chemical drain cleaners usually contain harsh chemical content that may make pipes brittle, eventually making them corrode, break or crack. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that you can use to successfully get rid of blockages in your drains. Here are a number of options you can try at home.

1. Boiling Hot Water

Boiling hot water is not only an effective drain unclogger. It’s also cheap, too.  However, you should be take caution when using it on ceramic toilets. At high temperatures, water may also damage or break ceramics. It is indeed powerful when it comes to liquefying solidified grease and oily substances that may have caused blockages inside your drain pipe. What you have to do is simply pour a cup of a dishwashing gel into the drain and then proceed to pour a kettle of boiled water. You may also boost the effects of the water by wrapping the drain pipe with a heating pad or using a hair dryer to warm it up. That should intensify the power of this natural drain unclogger.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Who doesn’t have baking soda and vinegar in their cupboard? For years, homeowners and even plumbers have used these two ingredients in zapping sticky substances that linger inside the drain pipes. When these two combine, they form some sort of chemical reaction that fizzes out the nasty waste substances clinging onto the walls of the pipe. Simply pour a cup of baking soda into the drain and then follow it up with a cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain hole and let the two ingredients work their magic. When you no longer hear any fizzing sound, they’re done. Pour a kettle of boiling hot water again to wash away the ingredients and clear the pipe.

3. Vinegar and Alka Seltzer Tabs

If you don’t have baking soda at the moment, you may also use Alka Seltzer tablets. They provide the same affects as baking soda when combined with vinegar. Just drop about four to five tablets of Alka Seltzer into the drain; pour a cup of white vinegar and once again, plug the hole. Wait for the fizzing sound to stop and wash away the residues of the two ingredients with hot water.

4. Vinegar, Salt & Borax

If you still don’t have Alka Seltzer tabs at home, you might want to try the combination of vinegar, salt and borax. It may not be as popular as the dynamic duo we’ve mentioned above but it can also get rid of clogs. Just get a bowl and combine a quarter cup of borax, a cup of salt and half a cup of white vinegar. Stir the ingredients well and then pour the mixture into the drain.

5. Enzymatic Drain Cleaners

Okay. Enzymatic drain cleaners are not awesome uncloggers but they’re also very effective when cleaning drain pipes. They work by eating away on organic substances so those include all the food particles, algae, mold and even hair strands that are trapped inside your pipe. Just be very careful though because you don’t want these enzymes to get in contact with your eyes. Please don’t forget to follow usage instructions if you’ll try this unclogging method.

We hope that you loved our blog about the best ways to unclog drains with home remedy. If the problem persists, just call a reputable plumber in Alexandria to unclog your drains. Plumbers 911 Washington DC delivers exceptional plumbing services in Alexandria VA including drain cleaning, leak detection, camera sewer inspection, septic tank care, hydrojetting  and many more! Call us now at (877) 932-5325 to schedule a service!

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Posted on: January 8, 2015