Unclog a Drain Without Harmful Chemicals

Clogged DrainYou don’t think much about sink drains until they get clogged.  The truth is that sink drains work very hard for you everyday.  More thank likely, you can go for years without thinking about them, until they get clogged.  A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself.  You’ll get faster results than calling a pro and let’s not forget the most important part…. you’ll save money, too.  Drains can be unclogged without having to purchase harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to your little one’s when stored under your cabinets.  A super easy and inexpensive tool is: Ez Zip Drain Cleaning Tool. Once you have it, you will probably never need to call a plumber again to unclog your drain for you.

Each drain connects with horizontal pipes that meet a vertical section of the system called the “stack.”  The top of the stack goes through the roof, and acts as an air vent. The horizontal pipes travel down and out of your home, taking waste water with them. Poor drain performance can be caused by problems in either the drain side of the equation or sometimes, the vent side.  Even if water is free to flow through pipes, the water must be replaced by air drawn into the system through the rooftop vent.  Understanding the way the vent system is set up can save you a lot of time when troubleshooting your clogged drainRhino Design Build talks to a lot of clients that immediately call in a plumber when a drain gets clogged.  This is uneccesary expense that can be avoided if you do some simple investigating on your own first.”

The most common spot for a sink drain to clog is about 6 inches below the drain opening in a section of curved pipe called the pea trap.  It’s an essential feature of every drain, but is often the most troublesome as well.  Pea traps keep sewer gases from getting into your our home by retaining small amounts of water in the U-shaped bottom section.  This water seals the pipe opening so odors can’t sneak past.  Curves of any sort in a drainpipe, especially as tight as those in a pea trap, encourage blockages.  Food particles can sometimes be lodged in the pea trap as well.

Drain De-Clogger Recipe With Household Items:

unclog a drain1/2 cup baking soda

1 cup vinegar

1 gallon boiling water

Carefully siphon all the baking soda down the drain. Pour in 1/2 of the vinegar, covering the hole so the fizz is forced down, not up (omit this for toilets, please!). Add the second half of the vinegar, following the same procedure. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or so, and then flush with an entire gallon of boiling water


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