When you make the decision to avoid using harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals in your home, it can be a challenge for you to transition away from those fast-acting chemicals to more natural methods. One of the areas that can be tough is dealing with plumbing problems, particularly drain cleaning. Before you give in and move back to using those drain cleaning chemicals, get to know some of the alternative methods that you can use to deal with clogs and keep those drains as clean and clear as possible.
Try Using Boiling Water
Boiling water is one way that you can get rid of minor clogs in your drains. If there are hairs or other small dissolvable objects in your pipes, the boiling water can break them apart enough so that they will pass through.
The easiest way to do this while minimizing the risk of burns is to boil the water in a tea kettle. This will ensure that you have an easy and controllable way to pour boiling water out. Slowly pour the entire contents of the kettle into the drain and wait a few minutes for it to pass through the pipes. Then, try to run water from your faucet as you normally would. If you do not have any water back-up or slow drain problems, then you have successfully cleaned your drain.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you have ever been in or to a school science fair, you likely know the reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda and vinegar. It begins to fizz and bubble up. However, this chemical reaction can also dissolve clogs in your drains if you use it correctly.
To start the process, you will want to pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. After you do so, pour in about 1/2 cup of vinegar in the drain. Cover the drain to force the fizz in a downward direction and then uncover to pour in another 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Wait for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes (or more) to let the fizzy solution work its way down the pipes. After that, you can either boil another tea kettle of water to pour down the drain or you can run water from your tap to see if the drain flows more smoothly and the clog is taken care of.
If these natural home methods of drain cleaning do not work, you can contact a plumber that offers drain cleaning services to help you snake out your pipes and get rid of the challenging clogs that cannot be quickly and easily resolved. Now that you know more about how you can get away from using harsh chemicals when cleaning your drains, you can get started making your home as chemical-free as possible.
For more about this topic, contact a local plumbing service.