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Methods To Unblock Clogged Drains

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  • 07-11-2017
Methods To Unblock Clogged Drains

Methods To Unblock Clogged Drains

Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them. But when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. 

A blocked drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can try yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too.

Successfully unclogging drains depends on a few simple tools and knowledge of the layout of pipes hidden in your home.

Besides causing inconvenience to those living in the house, blocked drainage also poses serious health hazards. The dirty overflowing drains and pipes act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If drains are not cleared immediately, they can cause skin infections, allergies, and other harmful diseases.

Such situations are extremely detrimental to every kind of structure. Internal and external wiring in the house can also become dangerous. The same is true for electrical appliances.

As a homeowner, it is advisable that you make every effort to prevent your drains from clogging.  The prime reason of choking drains is an accumulation of domestic waste. So you must prevent them from depositing inside the pipes.

If you've noticed standing water in your tub or your kitchen sink draining slowly, you probably have a clogged drain. Fortunately, if caught early you can clear a clogged drain using common household items. 

Vinegar, baking soda, borax, and lots of hot water are simple, yet effective tools in clearing slow-draining sinks.

  • For a vinegar and baking soda combination: use 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
  • For a lemon juice and baking soda combination: use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of lemon juice.
  • For a salt, borax, and vinegar combination: use 1/4 cup of borax, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Even if you have a garbage disposal, there are some substances you shouldn't pour down your kitchen sink. Cooking grease, coffee grounds and fat you've trimmed off cuts of meat can accumulate in the pipes.  This can lead to blockages, so always discard these things in the trash. 

Place a sink strainer over the drain, so large food particles don't wash down the pipe and empty the strainer frequently. If you have a garbage disposal, always run cold water down the drain while you use it to flush the ground-up food down and out of the drain pipe.