Ideally, the only materials that run down a drain are thin liquids. However, we have all experienced a slow or clogged drain at least once in our lives. There are several home remedies for clogging a drain. We will cover three of the more effective home remedies. None of these involve a purchase of a commercial drain clogging solution. Depending on the severity of the blog, these chemicals can actually cause more harm than good.
Sometimes, these remedies fail to work because a clog is larger or difficult to move. In these cases, a plumbing company is needed in order to use a hydro-jetting technique. This technique consists of a high-pressure hose with a customized nose that shoots the water down the drain. It cleans all of the content in the pipes. This is a tremendously powerful technique that can even break up tree roots. A plumber will check for damage to the pipe before hydro-jetting in order to prevent unnecessary damage.
The Baking Soda Solution
- Take ½ cup of baking soda and pour it down the clogged drain. Follow this by ½ cup of vinegar.
- Leave the drain open in order to let the chemical reaction occur between the baking soda and vinegar.
- Do not run water for three hours after the chemicals are put down the drain.
- Test to see if the clog was successfully removed by running the water.
The Plunging Solution
- If the sink has an overflow hole, cover this with a wet rag.
- Fill clogged drain just enough so that the plunger is covered.
- Place a layer of vaseline on the plunger in order to get a more effective grip.
- Operate the plunger just as you would over a clogged toilet.
- You must make the plunger go up and down multiple times in order to create enough energy to break up the clog.
- Drain the water and remove the wet rag to see if the clog has been fixed.
The Drain-and-Trap Auger
- Remove any food collector or water stopper in order to expose the drain.
- Insert a flexible auger into the opening.
- As this auger goes further into the drain, manually loosen and tighten the head.
- Place the auger as far down the drain as necessary.
- When a clog is encountered, slowly take the auger out.
- If the clog does not retrieve with the auger, try again.
- Run the water in order to see if the clog has been fixed.
These solutions are all extremely affordable and can be completed by one person. In the event that they do not remove the clog, it is time to call a plumber and inquire about their hydro-jetting service. Imagine if one of our arteries was clogged. The blood gets thick and can eventually cause a heart attack due to the artery clog. Hydro jetting provides a pipe cleaning service that not only breaks up the clog but also removes all dirt, grease, and buildup.