Congested drains are always a headache and we know how you feel after getting one. Although you can get professional drain cleaning services easily, you don’t always call the professionals. Don’t be embarrassed. You are not alone. This article is for the DIY kind of people who do not believe in calling professionals and who want to get their things done themselves.
Here, we have highlighted some effective techniques to clean the blocked drains effectively and easily.
# 1. Using vinegar, bi-carb and hot water
If you are looking for an easy way to unblock your drain, you can try this simple method. A soap or fat can be an effective method to unblock blocked drains easily. You just need to take care of your feet as they may burn, and your sink seal as it may melt. If you are a first-timer, we suggest you to use natural enzymes along with 1 cup hot water, 1/2 cup bi-carb, 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. This can be indicated as the safest way of unblocking the drains and it won’t affect your drains in any way.
# 2. Using a traditional plunger
If you believe in the traditional way, you should try this method. Nowadays it’s hard to find the old-fashioned plunger, but it is really helpful in unblocking blocked drains easily. It is a unique and very old technique to clean the clog with the power of air. In case, you have a double kitchen sink, you should be careful. We suggest you to block the second drain in order to give the full force. Since you won’t get the desired result at the first attempt, you may need to repeat the process more than once.
# 3. Making use of chemicals
Although chemicals are toxic, unsafe and harmful, they may be required to clean severely blocked drains. The ingredients used to clean a drain this way are comparably toxic ones. The commonly used substances are Hydrochloric Acid, Caustic Soda and Drain-O. You need to pour these chemicals in the blocked drain, wait for 30 minutes and then clean with cold water. You can easily find these ingredients in a nearby hardware store. Most of the times, you are not suggested to use hot water. However, read product instructions carefully before attempting them.
# 4. Using the technique of a Drain Auger
The advancement of technology has affected our daily lives and the invention of various tools has changed the traditional way of cleaning in recent times. Drain Auger can be described as an effective technology to clean your blocked drains easily, and the best thing is that you can use it yourself. However, you would require some sort of skill to use the Drain Auger, as it might be dangerous to operate without the required skill. You should use protective clothing to avoid any unwanted accident . If you prefer advanced techniques, you can try this method.
# 5. Other tools to unclog blocked drains
Apart from these methods and techniques, there are a few tools that you can use to unclog your drains. Some of such tools are
- bent wire hanger
- wet and dry vacuum
- an old toothbrush
- a drain snake
Use these tools wisely to reach the bottom of your drain and unclog it with dexterity.
These are some of the most common techniques to clean your blocked drains on your own. We hope the techniques look simple and helpful for you. Now you can save your money when it comes to calling the professional cleaning services to fix a minor block in the drainage system or something similar to that.