“Green” Methods for Drain Cleaning
Clogged kitchen and bath drains are one of most commonly encountered plumbing problems . If you are looking for a method of unclogging your drain, but don’t like the idea of using a chemical-based drain opener, here are some “green” approaches that may be effective for clearing simple clogs.
Hot Water Rinsing
A little known fact among green cleaning enthusiasts is that hot water can be an invaluable drain clearing tool. To get rid of light clogs, either run a steady stream of very hot water directly from faucet into the drain or pour several cups of pre-boiled water down the clogged drain. This helps break apart and wash away bits of hair, soap scum, grease and other types of clog-forming filth
Baking Soda Rinsing
Simply pour a cup of baking soda down the stopped-up drain and follow it up with 1 to 3 cups of boiling water. This will give way to the formation of an alkaline composition, which will effectively penetrate and break apart the source of the clog. If there is residue from any commercial drain clearing products in your drain, you should avoid this method.
When it comes to drain clearing, plunging is still one of the most effective methods. After filling your tub or sink with a small amount of hot water, position your plunger or sink plunger directly over the troubled drain and proceed to vigorously plunge it.
Small, inexpensive hand augers can be purchased at most stores that carry tools or hardware. These augers are very effective when used properly for clearing light drain obstructions that are within 10 feet of the drain opening. Plumbers often use this tool with great success.
These methods will not be effective for unclogging a main drain line filled with tree roots or other serious clogs, the just may get you out of a minor jam. If you find that these solutions are not enough to clear your drains, just give AttaBoy Plumbing a call. We’ve been opening drains in Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Lawrence and throughout Indianapolis for years. We have a variety of methods for opening your clogged drain without the use of harsh chemicals.