Bleach And Your Drain: What You Need To Know

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Bleach And Your Drain: What You Need To Know

31 August 2019
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There are many misconceptions about bleach and your drains. If you have been using bleach on your drains, it is important to educate yourself. Below are a few common questions related to bleach and your drains, as well as the answers. 

Can Bleach Remove a Clog From Your Drain? 

Bleach cannot remove a clog from your drain. Many people think that bleach can eat through hair or food particles. It cannot remove these items from your drain line. If you have a clog in your drain, you can attempt to remove the clog by pouring a boiling pot of hot water down the drain to remove clogs, or you can mix equal parts baking soda and white vinegar to create a fizzing action that can break up clogs. If these methods fail, you will need to call in a plumber. 

What Can Bleach Do For Your Drain? 

While bleach cannot remove clogs from your drain, it can still serve a purpose within your drain lines. In some cases, food particles and residue can leave scents behind that linger. You may smell an odor emanating from your drain. If you notice an odor, it is recommended that you attempt to use dish soap and water, baking soda, or citrus fruits to remove the scent. If that still does not work, diluting bleach and letting it sit in the drain line may be the best way to dissipate the smell. 

Is Bleach Safe to Use in a Drain? 

There is a lot of debate about whether bleach is safe to use in a drain. When bleach is diluted it is fairly safe to use in a drain. However, bleach can break down your pipes, so it should always be diluted and used sparingly. You should also never use bleach on a drain if you have poured any chemicals, such as drain cleaners, down the drain. The bleach can create a negative reaction with other cleaners and release harmful or irritating fumes.  Many people erroneously use bleach in an attempt to remove clogs from their drains. Bleach cannot remove clogs, but diluted bleach can be used to remove smells that will not go away on their own. If you have a clog in your drain, drain line cleaning is the best way to remove stubborn or difficult clogs.

Contact a plumbing services today to learn more about drain cleaning if you have a clog in your plumbing system. 

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When you think about the fixtures in your home that keep you happy, you probably take that bathtub, sink, and toilet for granted. However, if you have ever been asked to live without one of these crucial fixtures, you probably quickly discovered how important they really were. That bathtub can give you relief after a long day at the gym, and that toilet can become the most important plumbing device in your home if you come down with the stomach flu. My blog focuses on teaching homeowners more about their plumbing, so that you can enjoy what you have and troubleshoot new problems.