If you’re worried about clearing your plumbing drains with chemicals, there are several methods you can try that do not involve chemicals whatsoever. However, if none of the below suggestions work, then you may want to consider calling in a professional.
Just be sure to let the professional know what you’ve used on your drains, especially if you’ve recently used chemicals. Else, you risk the plumber suffering a chemical burn when he opens the drains to take a look.
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The plunger is probably the first tool we all rely on when we have a clog in either the kitchen sink or the toilet. Usually, a plunger will resolve your clogged drain issues right away without the need for further intervention. If your sink isn’t already filled with water when you notice the clog, fill it about halfway before you plunge.
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Wire Coat Hanger
A wire coat hanger is, essentially, a cheap and quick solution similar to a snake for unclogging drains. The best part of this method is that almost everyone has a wire coat hanger in their home, so you don’t have to make a special trip to the store to secure your tool.
To unclog your drain, simply straighten out the hanger by untwisting the hook and getting the curves as flat as possible. Then, squish the hook to make it narrower and straighter so that it will fit inside your drain. Take out the drain stopper and push the hook down into the drain until you feel resistance. Don’t force the hook into the drain and be careful not to get the hook caught on the plumbing.
Twist the wire in a circular motion a few times, then pull it back slowly. You should see the hair or whatever it was clogging your drain pulling up with the hanger as you pull up.
Dish Soap and Hot Water
This method is especially helpful in the kitchen because it works well on grease clogs. Boil two liters of water, then add in a few tablespoons of grease-cutting dish soap. Slowly pour it down the drain. You may have to do this a few times because you’re using the hot water to melt the grease so that it will flow down the pipe like water.
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You can use that old household helper baking soda in combination with several things to make several attempts to unclog your drain without the use of harmful, toxic chemicals. For instance, you can mix baking soda with vinegar by pouring a half-cup of baking soda down the drain, then a half-cup of vinegar, plugging the drain, and letting it sit for an hour. Then, pour a few pots of boiling water down the drain until the clog clears.
You can also use a baking soda with salt combo by mixing about a half-cup of each together, then pouring it down the drain. How long you let the mixture sit is up to you. You can let it sit anywhere from a half-hour to overnight. Then, clear that mixture too with a pot of boiling water until the clog frees up.
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Why You Shouldn’t Use Chemicals
Aside from the obvious impact toxic chemicals, such as lead, can have on your health and your environment, you are also taking a gamble insofar as compromising the quality of your pipes when you use the harsher stuff. Sure, it may be an irresistible quick fix, especially if you have company coming over or your budget is running a little thin. But even the strongest metal pipes corrode over time if continually exposed to harsh chemicals.
Then, instead of paying what might have been a cheaper cost upfront in simply hiring a plumber, now you have an even bigger headache that requires you to replace some or all your plumbing. In the end, with all the side effects involved, it’s just not worth it to use toxic chemicals to get that quick fix.
Having A Plumbing Problem? We Can Help!
If you’ve tried every chemical-free method in the book, and you’re still finding it impossible to unclog your drain, our expert technicians at Ambient Edge can help. We offer all our customers a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, and we are available when you need us – even if it’s an emergency in the middle of the night.
For non-emergencies, you can fill out our contact form, else give us a call at 888-628-5890, and let us help you fix your plumbing problem so you can get back to enjoying a normal quality of life again!