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Drain Cleaning Tips – General 2015

The main part of any plumbing system is your drains. They are the portion of plumbing in which flushed waste and discarded water pass through to empty into the septic system or sewer. These are drains through which we get rid of waste water leftover from many activities.

Without drains it would have been difficult getting rid of the waste and alternative would have been with buckets that are dumped outside causing a huge mess and smell along with health hazards.

Unfortunately, over time drains can become clogged with food junks, kitchen waste materials, bathroom waste like hairs, etc. and built-up grease.

Here are a few tips to perform Drain cleaning:

Approach#1 – Prepare a drain cleaning mixture at home to keep your drains clear and clean.

This drain cleaning mixture can be made of vinegar and baking soda and once prepared you can put this mixture in your drains once a month to keep them flowing.

 To prepare this mixture of vinegar and baking soda, you would need:

• One cup of baking soda

• One cup of vinegary

• Three to four quarts of very hot water

Once a month you can follow:

Pour the cup of baking soda into your drains following up with the vinegar and the boiling hot water. These three things combined cause a non-toxic chemical reaction that will help to push sediments down the drain trap helping your drain to open up and allow the flow.

The baking soda is known to absorb the odors that are found in your drain. The vinegar has acidic properties that attack some of the hazardous pathogens that are found in your drain and the pipes. Using this recipe will also help to unclog a drain that is filled with loose debris too.


The best tool to unclog a drain is the plunger. You can place plunger over the hole of the drain and vigorously pump several times to loosen the stuff that is clogging the drain. Remember to give the plunger a good suction strength and for that you should have about two inches of water in the sink, or just enough to cover the rubber part of the plunger.

You may need to use a plumber’s snake. It is a tool that has a long flexible steel cable that is wrapped around a hand crank. Before using it you need to remove the drain trap found in the cabinet below the sink. You can then insert the plumber snake into the pipe that leads to the sewer system and spin it in a clockwise motion. This motion will cause the loosening of stuff that is clogging the drain and you can can also take out some of the clogging stuff if required by pulling out the plumbing snake

You can also use a chemical drain cleaner as a last resort.

When a clog occurs, it causes huge troubles with the functioning of the plumbing. There are a variety of steps that can be tried to resolve the blockages, some natural, some chemical and some that require special tools.