7 Ways To Clean Your Drains Quickly And Easily

Drains get clogged all the time. The signs of a clogged drains are simple: sink water drains much slower, water pools at your feet in the shower, and unpleasant odors start spreading around after you turn the faucet off. This problem should be fixed right away, as it is not that hard to fix it. But if ignored, you can face yourself with a useless bathroom or a pipe burst. Gunk and excess hair tend to slip unnoticed into the drain and pile up in the pipe. There are numerous ways to deal with it, and here are the 7 most effective ones.

Baking Soda and Vinegar
Possibly the most known way for unclogging a drain. It probably will not unclog 100% blockage, but is effective for smaller ones. What you need is a 1/3 of a cup of vinegar, 1/3 of a cup of baking soda, and a pot of boiling water. Pour the baking soda into the drain and leave it to sit for about 5 minutes. When you pour the vinegar, it will induce the fizzing action which will help remove the grime, gunk and hair that clogs the pipe. Wait one hour before you flush the mix with hot water.

Caustic Soda
Caustic soda should be used with caution, because it can cause chemical burns. Equip yourself with some safety goggles and a pair of rubber gloves. Get some caustic soda from a local hardware store, pour about 2 liters of water into a mop bucket, put 3 cups of caustic soda into it, and stir it well. Pour the mixture into the clogged drain and leave it for half an hour. Flush with hot water, and repeat if the drain still remains clogged.

Millipede

The millipede (also known as drain weasel) is one of the most effective tools for removing hair clogs. It has a micro-hook tip that snags hair clogs, and a spinning handle. It is very safe to use, and also non-toxic. All you have to do is to uncoil it, and then stick it down your drain, crank a couple of times and pull it up, along with the drain clog.

Wire Hanger
A DIY version of the millipede. Get your hands on a regular wire coat hanger, and straighten it out. Bend the last 3 inches of the hanger at one end, and create a small hook tip. Remove the drain cover, stick the hanger in, and start the gunk hunt. Try not to push the gunk further, but get as much gunk out as you can, and then flush the drain with hot water to clean it.

Wet / Dry Vacuum

A great way for unclogging the most stubborn drain clogs. What you need is a wet and dry vacuum cleaner that can be set to vacuum liquids. First, create a tight seal over the drain, adapt an old plunger head, and turn the vacuum on its highest setting. Let water out, and fill the sink or bathtub with it. If the vacuum is powerful enough, it will draw the gunk up and out of the pipe directly into the vacuum bag. In case of an extremely tough clogging situation, any plumber from Guildford emphasize the importance of reliable and dependable team of experts.

The Zip-It

An alternative to the wire hanger technique. All you need is a plastic stick with barbs (upward-facing) on it. The process is the same: push the stick in, wiggle it a little bit, and the pull it out. This is especially effective for hair clogs.

Boiling Water
When you wash the food remains off the dishes, oils and fats get into the pipe. They get cold and stiffen, blocking the drain. A kettle or a pot of boiling water will do the trick, and you can also use it in combination with other products, such as baking soda, vinegar, and caustic soda.

These are some quick and easy, but rather effective tips for unclogging your drain. Try not to go straight for a bottle of strong chemicals, but opt for a cheap, no-mess, and non-toxic solution. 

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