How to Unclog Drains Without Chemical Cleaners

How to Unclog Drains Without Chemical Cleaners

Many people keep chemical decloggers around to use whenever their drains get clogged. However, these can eat through pipes and they aren’t very pleasant to smell, either. Instead of relying on them whenever your drains clog up, try one of these non-chemical drain cleaning methods to unclog your drain instead.

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Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you have baking soda and vinegar in your pantry, then you already have a powerful declogger on hand.

Start by getting rid of the standing water in your drain. It may drain out slowly, or you may need to scoop it out with a cup or a large spoon. If the drain is draining at all, pour several cups of boiling water down the drain and let it get all the way down.

Next, pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Wash it down with 1 cup of vinegar. Let this concoction sit in your drain for 30 minutes. When your timer goes off, pour several more cups of boiling water down the drain to wash the drain cleaner away and see if the clog is gone.

BioOne Liquid Drain Cleaner

BioOne might look like a chemical drain cleaner, but it actually uses naturally-occurring microbes, including bacteria, to dissolve clogs. Just pour 2 ounces of BioOne down your clogged drain every day. You can do this for up to 5 days, or until your clog is gone, whichever comes first. If the drain isn’t unclogged by then, it’s time to bring in a Torrance plumber to help.

Your Handy, Dandy Plunger

If you have a plunger handy, you can use it on clogged drains as well as on your toilet. Make sure the plunger is cleaned and sanitized if it has previously been used in a toilet, or purchase a separate one for other drains.

Get a solid seal with the plunger over your clogged drain, then work the plunger as normal. Remember that you may need to plunge for several minutes before it makes a difference. If you plunge for 5 minutes without any change, you probably need a plumber’s professional help to clean your drain.

A Plumbing Snake

You can rent these long, flexible cables at your local hardware store. Thread the cable carefully through your drain until it encounters the clog. At that point, you can either break up the clog or try to pull it out, freeing your drain to flow smoothly again. Never put a snake more than 3 feet into your drains and always move it carefully and gently, so it doesn’t get stuck anywhere.

Help From the Drain Cleaning Pros

If you aren’t comfortable working on your own drains or you can’t get rid of your clog no matter what you do, call us at Clear All Rooter today! We’ll send out a professional plumber to get rid of your clog fast!

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