Chemical drain cleaners are the go-to product for dealing with stubborn clogs. Unfortunately, these products have the potential to do more harm than good. Not only are they capable of doing damage to your plumbing, but they're also considerably toxic to human beings and the environment in general.
Instead of dealing with that bottle of drain cleaner, you can naturally put an end to those clogs with the following:
Defeat Clogs with Boiling Water
A pot of boiling water could be all you need to take care of a clog. Boiling-hot water can easily melt clogs consisting of coagulated fats and oils and cut through other types of clogs. All you'll need is a pot full of water or, if you want to speed things up, a teapot. You'll also want to drain the sink of any water beforehand, either by letting it slowly drain through the clog or with the help of a wet/dry shop vacuum.
Bring the water to a boil and slowly pour it into the drain. As you pour the boiling water, the heat should be enough to melt the deposits, allowing the clog to break up and pass through the rest of the plumbing.
Although you can tackle some clogs with boiling water alone, you may have to use it in conjunction with another method, as mentioned below.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Clear Clogs
Another way you can easily bust up clogs is with the help of baking soda and white vinegar. When combined together, this homemade remedy creates an effective foaming action that naturally loosens up and dissolves clogs. Here's what you'll need to make your own natural drain cleaner:
- Pour a 1/2-cup of baking soda directly down the drain. You'll want the baking soda to reach as far down as possible, so it's a good idea to use a funnel.
- Next, pour a 1/2-cup of white vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain with a stopper and allow the solution to sit for about 30 minutes. As the solution works its magic, prepare a pot of boiling water for the next step.
- After waiting for 30 minutes, uncover the drain and use a sink plunger to further agitate and loosen the clog.
- Remove the plunger and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain, just as mentioned in the previous section.
Taking a Hands-On Approach
In many cases, getting rid of a clog requires only a little physical intervention. For this, you have three options:
- For the first option, all you need to do is grab a regular wire coat hanger. Straighten out the coat hanger as much as possible, and then bend a small hook on one end. You'll push this end of the coat hanger past the drain cover and into the pipe, using the hook to grab and break up fat, hair and other debris within the clog.
- The second option involves the use of a drain snake, which is a bit more sophisticated than an improvised coat hanger. All you'll have to do is feed the snake past the drain cover until it reaches the clog. Then you can use the handle on the drain snake to rotate and hook the drain. Simply push and twist the clog until it comes loose.
- The third option is perhaps the most labor-intensive, but it's actually quite thorough. Start by placing a bucket underneath the sink trap to collect any water that happens to spill out. Next, use a plumber's wrench to loosen the nuts holding the trap in place at both ends of the pipe. Remove the trap and empty any trapped water inside, and then use an old toothbrush to push and scrub the clog out of the trap.
These tips should help you get rid of those stubborn clogs without having to resort to harsh, toxic chemicals. For more information, contact a business such as Doctor Fix-It.