Clogs are most commonly caused by food product buildup, chemical concentrations, and grease accumulation in private homes. These clogs may need professional cleaning, repair, or replacement.
However, it is possible to remove clogs using several home-based methods and tools before calling a professional plumber. This blog will provide 6 tips and tricks that homeowners can use for drain cleaning to prevent clogs from forming.
Hot Water could work wonders
Sometimes a hot water flush can be all that is needed to clear clogged drains. Flushing your drain pipes using hot water can often remove clogged materials or buildup gunk. This is done by using a combination of heat, pressure and force.
Hot water should be run through the drains for at least 15 minutes to achieve the best results. If everything goes well, the bare heat of the water and the force of the water will clear any blockages from your drains and return your pipes back to working order at no additional cost. It’s one of the most straightforward drain cleaning methods you can use.
Use tools that you already own
Another simple method to clean your drains is to use tools you already own. Before you call a professional plumber or go out to purchase drain cleaning tools for yourself, these tools can help you perform quick and easy drain pipe repairs.
You already own a bathroom plunger. Spacious sink plows are even more effective, with optimized designs that are ideal for sink applications.
No matter what plunger you have, clearing drains is easy. Just cover the drain opening completely with the plunger. Then, press the plunger in a continuous fluid motion for 1 to 2 min. Avoid using excessive force or speed to push the plunger down. Significant pipe clogging can be removed by the constant buildup of pressure through fluid motions.
Additionally, cover any overflow vents on the fixture you are interested in (such as those found on most sinks) before plugging them. If this happens, all air and pressure that is forced into the drain will escape, rendering it useless.
Apply petroleum jelly to the rim to create a seal around a drain opening. This will temporarily seal your plunger to prevent air from escaping.
Homemade Liquid Cleaners
You may be able to clean your drains using homemade mixtures if the above options are too difficult or not feasible for your situation. These cleaners work in the same way as commercial chemical cleaners to break down any buildup that has clogged your drain pipes. However, unlike commercial cleaners they do not pose a risk of pipe damage.
Most common is a simple baking soda and vinegar concoction. these products can react when mixed to break down loose material within pipes but have no effect on their structure.
Each cup should be poured down the drain pipes. Follow it with boiling water for a 3 to 5 minute period. If everything goes well, this drain-cleaning technique will eliminate any clogs in your drains at a fraction of what it costs and poses less risk than commercial chemical cleaners.
DIY Plumbing Service: Drain Snake
You may not be familiar with a plumber’s drainage snake, but you should have it if you are experiencing clogged drains and gunk accumulation. Professional plumbers use these tools to remove standard clogs. These tools can be found at your local Home Improvement Store for around $25 to $50. You can get a return on your investment in a single use.
These tools may seem like they are best left to professionals but homeowners are now using snaking techniques for clearing their drains. These DIY drain snaking methods are easy to use:
- Start by feeding your snake through your drain pipes. Continue turning the handle clockwise, until resistance is encountered.
- Rotate the snake versusthe blockage to ensure the snake latches onto clogged materials
- Remove the snake slowly from your drain.
It is possible to solve drain clog issues without having to contact a professional.
Sugared Sodas, Drain Clogs
This drain cleaning trick is frequently overlooked because of its oddity . However, it works just as well as the homemade solutions discussed in this blog. Because of the dissolving agent in these sodas, which include phosphoric and baking soda, they are much safer than commercial drain cleaners such as vinegar or baking soda.
These agents are even more effective than chemical, commercial cleaners. It is clear that the most efficient and effective drain cleaning solutions may be the ones you choose.
Drain Cleaning Tips
You can avoid drain clogs altogether, as you might expect. Express Sewer & Drain suggests performing monthly performance check on your drains and having a professional inspect your plumbing at least annually.
These clogs can be prevented by taking proactive steps. Simple inspections of your drains are the best way to reduce clogging. Avoid putting stringy or fibrous foods through your garbage disposal and drains.