A clogged drain can be an incredibly frustrating problem for homeowners. Sometimes, simple tools or cleaning solutions will get rid of clogs and open up the pipes; however, these solutions can bring further harm to your pipes and leave you with consecutive clogging, as they do not eliminate all built-up debris. If you’re tired of clogs in your home’s drains, here are four drain cleaning resolutions to follow this year:
1. Start With Prevention
Preventing a clog is far easier than getting rid of one. To avoid the need for serious drain repair, be mindful of what goes down your drains. When you’re cooking, never pour grease or oil into the sink as this is a major contributor to clogs. Use a drain grate or screen to catch big food particles before they enter your pipes and place a drain protector over your shower drain to catch hair.
2. Use Hot Water
For mild buildup, hot water may be all you need to clean out your drains. Boil some water in a kettle or pot and pour it down the drain slowly and carefully. Although this may not work for all clogs, it’s a great starting point as it’s safer and less expensive than buying a drain cleaning solution.
3. Try Vinegar and Baking Soda
When combined, vinegar and baking soda create a chemical reaction that can break up clogs and empty the pipes. This is safer and simpler than a commercial drain cleaner. First, pour about a cup of vinegar into the drain. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda into the pipes. After a couple of minutes, add boiling water to wash away the loose debris!
4. Follow Safety Protocols
If you need to use a chemical drain cleaner to get rid of a clog, following safety protocols is critical. These solutions can be extremely harmful when used incorrectly, so you must carefully read the instructions on the label. Wear gloves and eye protection when handling a chemical drain cleaner and avoid combining multiple types of cleaners as they may react to form a dangerous substance that eats through your plumbing. It’s best to leave unclogging to the professionals.
While hot water, household remedies, and commercial cleaners can help dislodge some buildup, if the drain is still clogged after trying these solutions, it’s time to contact a professional.
For professional drain cleaning, contact Pro Energy Solutions at (800) 704-7340! We are here to ensure your plumbing needs are addressed safely and successfully.