A clogged drain can be a real inconvenience, regardless if it is the kitchen or bathroom sink, shower, or bathtub. Yet, it is something that we have all encountered at one time or another. There are safe and natural ways of how to unclog drains without the use of harsh chemicals.
Below are some methods of drain cleaning that will not harm your plumbing. If these methods do not work, you might need professional drain service Toronto.
How to Unclog Drains Safely
Firstly, it is important to understand some of the reasons as to why your drains might be clogged in the first place. Then, you can proceed using one of these methods of how to unclog drains naturally.
Things that cause clogged drains:
- Food remains
- Coffee grounds
- Leaves, dirt, and other debris
- Foreign objects, such as children’s toys, makeup residue, hygiene products, and the like
- Toothpaste, bath salts, soap residue, etc.
But you do not have to worry, nor do you have to spend a lot of money on those nasty chemical products that are not only toxic but also harmful to your plumbing and the environment. The following are some of the most effective natural ways to unclog your drain with simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your home.
DIY Methods of Fixing a Drain Clog
White Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
One of the safest and easiest ways to fix a clogged drain is to use a baking soda and vinegar. Take ½ cup of baking soda and equal quantity of white vinegar (apple cider vinegar will work as well) and pour this mixture slowly down the clogged drain. Next, plug the sink and allow the mixture to sit for up to sixty minutes. Finally, boil a pot of water and carefully pour it down the drain. You might need to repeat this process a few times to resolve the issue.
*This method also works on clogged toilets for the most part.
Dish Detergent and Hot Water
This is another cost-effective and simple method of fixing a clogged drain. All you need to do is to boil two liters of water and add a few drops of liquid (never use powdered) dish detergent. Slowly and carefully pour the mixture down the clogged drain. Again, you might need to repeat this process several times, but it is one of the best ways to safely break down grease and other residues.
Tips to Prevent Drain Clogs in the Future
Now that we have given you two proven ways to fix a clogged drain, here are some tips to prevent future clogs.
- Once a month, flush all of your drains with a combination of white or apple cider vinegar and hot water.
- Install drain catchers in your drains. Be sure to clean them regularly to prevent build-up.
- Clean your drains regularly.
- Never pour grease down your sink drain. Keep in mind that such items as shortening, butter, and even natural cooking oils, like olive oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oil, can also cause drain clogs.
If you have tried the above methods of how to unclog drains and you are still having the issue, contact DrainCom. We will send a licensed plumber out to resolve the problem. Call us anytime for reliable solutions for all of your plumbing concerns.