How to Clean Pipes with Homemade Products

How to Clean Pipes with Homemade ProductsHow to Clean Pipes with Homemade Products

You can use homemade products to keep the plumber away and save your plumbing. While commercial drain cleaners seem to be effective, they can also be dangerous. If they blow back into the room, they can make contact with your skin or eyes and cause serious irritation. Some of them are so caustic that they can eat away at your pipes as well as the clog. This is why you need to use safe drain cleaners, and the most effective ones are found right in your own kitchen.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Kids know that they can combine these ingredients at the local science fair to make an awesome volcano. The same powerful reaction that forces the liquid up and out of a volcano can be used to clean a clogged drain. Before you start, assemble your supplies because speed is important with this treatment. You’ll need about a cup of baking soda, ½-cup of vinegar, and a plug for the drain. Pour the baking soda in the drain, then follow it with the vinegar. Immediately cover the drain with the plug and let everything soak for 30 minutes. When you return, the drain should be faster, but you may need to repeat the process. This also makes a great preventive treatment for keeping drains clean.

Boiling Water

Turn on the teakettle and prepare to say good-bye to the clogs. Boil a full kettle of water, and then pour it slowly down the drain. The heat and force will blast out most clogs. Once the water backs up into the sink, stop pouring it down and let the heat deep in the drain work. This method is particularly effective if you follow up the treatment by plunging the clog. Finally, pour more boiling water down the drain to dislodge anything else that’s stuck to the pipes.

The Combination Treatment

If you’re dealing with a really tough clog or persistent odor, then you’ll need to get more aggressive. Wait until the standing water has left the sink. If necessary, drain it out by hand with a cup and bucket. Pour salt in the drain to fill it. Add a cup of baking soda. Pour in the vinegar, and then wash the reaction further down the drain with boiling water. Check the drain again in 30 minute, and add another 1/2-cup of vinegar if necessary to get the drain moving again.

The Power of Suction

Some drains need a little more help, so you’ll want to have a plunger on hand. Small plungers are ideally sized to the sink. This is the best treatment when the sink is clogged and the water won’t go down. Start by closing off the other drain or emergency drains with a plug. Otherwise, you won’t be able to build up the suction. Close off the open drain with the plunger and move it up and down rapidly to build suction and move the clog. As the clog shifts, the water can move past. Pour boiling water down the drain to fully clear the line.Clogged drains are a major inconvenience, but you don’t have to go out and buy dangerous chemicals or call the plumber. With these treatments, you can clear the drain and keep the water moving. You can also use these treatments to combat odors that are lingering in the pipes.

If you still have a faint odor that won’t retreat, then call 1st Class Cleaning to clean the home, treat the drains and ensure that your home smells fresh.

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