5 non-chemical solutions for clearing a clog

5 non-chemical solutions for clearing a clog

A clogged drain can be a frustrating but common issue for many homeowners. In bathrooms, accumulations of toothpaste and hair are some of the usual culprits for producing clogs, but almost anything can cause one.

Depending on the severity of the clog, a homeowner can purchase products to pour down the drain to break through the blockage. However, these products can contain harmful chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, which can irritate the eyes and throat and may also break down drain pipes, especially those found in older homes.

Consider these eco-friendly ways to unclog the drains in your home:

  1. Pour hot water down the drain. This seems like a relatively simple solution, but it may be just the push the clog needs to dislodge. It can also melt substances that could be clogging the drain.
  2. Baking soda. Combining baking soda with hot water creates an alkaline solution that can push through clogs.
  3. Take apart the P-trap. The curve in the plumbing is where most sink clogs occur. It may be necessary to take it apart and use a drain-clearing snake or auger to pull out a clog.
  4. Use a plunger. This is the most common method for removing a clog. The suction will loosen whatever is blocking the drain. A plunger is a handy tool to have around the house because can be re-used and operated on any type of drain.
  5. Use all-natural cleaners. You can find products made from eco-friendly and all-natural ingredients at your local grocery store that may help dislodge the obstruction.

While all of these methods can help rid your drain from a minor clog, if you are unable to remove the blockage with DIY methods, it's wise to contact one of the 4,500 plumbing professionals in the New York City tri-state area.

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Dennis Mulgannon

Subject: Hot Water Not A Good Idea For Sink Drain

Using hot water may temporarily clear the clog. But, what happens with grease clogs and hot water is, that sewer pipes can be from 20 to over 100 feet long. The hot water clears the clog next to the sink, but then the cold pipe further down re-solidifies the grease, which will coat the inside of the sewer pipe. Doing this over the course of a year, the inside of the pipe will progressively get smaller, until it is so clogged you will have to get a plumber with a rooter. Never use acid chemicals in sewer pipes.

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