Clogged drains happen. When they do, you want to have a quick response ready so that you can get back to your routine. You can find many chemical drain cleaners available at plumbing supply stores and home improvement stores. While these can be effective, there are also home remedies that you can try to good effect. If you are looking for a good drain cleaner that is also environmentally friendly, you only have one choice.
Chemical drain cleaners work in two ways: 1. Many clogs are formed as grease runs down your drain, cools, and begins to coat the walls of your drain. As more and more layers of grease build up on your drain, the internal diameter of your drain pipes shrink. This can lead food and other objects to get stuck in your drain. Chemical cleaners will create a chemical reaction that heats up the grease and causes it to flow on down your drain. 2. Chemical cleaners will also have corrosive agents that will help to break down clogs made from hair or other soluble materials.
There are some negatives to chemical drain cleaners. They can be so corrosive that they eat away at metal pipes, and the chemicals in the cleaner can get into ground water supplies and cause problems.
To clear a drain with supplies you should available at your house, simply pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda, follow it with a 1/2 cup of vinegar, and plug your drain. The reaction between these two chemicals will heat up grease making it more likely to flow down your drain, and the pressure of the gases created will help to push clogs down. Finally, the baking soda acts as an abrasive to scour the walls of your drain and help clean them. For best results, leave your drain plugged for several minutes, then follow up by running hot water down your drain for a few minutes. These household items will not corrode your drain pipes or leak toxic chemicals into the environment. You also don't have to worry about children or pets accidentally ingesting them with life-threatening consequences.
While the chemical reaction created by chemical cleaners will be stronger than the chemical reaction caused by mixing vinegar and baking soda, home remedies can be quite successful. If you want to do your part not to harm the environment, then at-home remedies should be your choice. On the other hand, if neither chemicals nor at-home remedies are successful in cleaning your drain, you should call in professionals to take care of the problem. Contact a business, such as Roto-Rooter, for more information.