Home Remedies For Clogged Drains

If you have a clogged drain, you do not necessarily need harsh chemicals or expensive plumbing snakes to clean your drain. Sometimes the best way to clean a drain is to use what you already have available in your home. When you understand how potentially damaging chemicals and snakes can be, you will understand why simple is sometimes better. 

The Dangers of Chemicals and Snakes

If you live in an older home, chances are good that you have metal pipes in your home. The corrosive chemicals used in commercial drain cleaners can have a negative impact on these drains by accelerating corrosion and thus creating holes in your pipes. You might, thus, opt to buy or rent a drain snake. If you do not know what you are doing, you can nick and/or crack ceramic plumbing fixtures and gouge plastic pipes. Thus, if you insist on trying to remove a drain on your own, you should stick with remedies that do not pose a risk to your drains. 

A Pipe Wrench

If you have a clog in a sink drain, your first move should be to remove the P-trap which will look like a U-shaped section of pipe. Water is supposed to collect in the bottom of this U and thus trap sewer vapor before it can permeate your home. Unfortunately, grease, food scraps, and any small objects that go down your drain can also collect on the bottom of the U. Anticipating the potential for clogs to form in the P-trap, your plumber should have used a section of pipe that has screw collars, which you can remove to clean the trap. Many times, you can remove a clog simply by removing and cleaning your P-trap.

Hot Water

If you have a grease clog in a drain, it will usually constrict the area inside your drain and cause the drain to run slow. To open up your drain, you should boil a pot of water and then pour it down your drain. The heat from the water should melt the grease and thus remove the clog. Chase the boiling water with hot tap water to make sure you completely flush the grease out of your drain before it has a chance to cool and start a clog further down your drain. 

Many times, you can solve your drain issues simply by taking one of these two steps. On the other hand, if these don't work, then you should progress to potentially more dangerous solutions such as buying a chemical drain cleaner or renting a drain snake. If you take these steps, and you still haven't solved your drain problem, then it is time to call in the professionals from a company like Mr Sewer.