Many homeowners face a common problem – clogged drain pipes. Kitchen, bathroom or utility sinks clog from grease, soap, hair or even fur. As you wash your hair, hair falls out or even as you as shaving your legs or underarms, shorts strands of hair accumulate to form one big balled clog. Excess soap coagulates and sticks to the drain pipes and hair that is in the drain to form a blockage. Even giving your dog a bath can lead to a drain clog. Spilling cooking grease and oil into a kitchen sink stops up the drain and block the flow of water. Clearing the clog doesn’t necessary mean calling in the plumber.
Store bought drain cleaners can be damaging to your pipes because they rely on caustic substances to eat away at whatever is causing the clog. While these toxic chemical are eating away at the clog, they are also eating away at your pipes. Lye or other caustic ingredients will slowly erode the plumbing pipe walls and eventually thin the pipes to the point that they will begin to leak. Damaged pipes are very costly to repair and many times will require a plumber. Many manufacturers will say their product is safe for your pipes, but if you read the list of ingredients, you will doubt their claim. There is no reason to buy them when you can simply and inexpensively make your own from products you probably already have in your kitchen.
Things You Will Need
Fill a pot with water and put it on the stove to boil.
Remove as much water as possible from your kitchen, bathroom, utility sink or bathtub. Use a cup or small bucket to bail out the water. When you don't have much water left, use a sponge mop, towel or old rag to absorb the rest of the water.
Pour 1 cup of salt into the drain and 1 cup of baking soda, immediately add 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to bubble, foam and fizz, this reaction is completely normal and let’s you know your homemade drain cleaner is working.
Let the mixture stand in the drain for about 15 minutes.
Pour the pot of boiling water into your drain, carefully. Do not dump the entire pot of boiling water all at once, instead pour slowly and steadily. Keep your face back to avoid steam burns from the water.
If the boiling water drains quickly, run hot water from the faucet down the drain for three to five minutes.
If the clog remains, bail the water out of the sink or tub and repeat the process.
This can also be done as preventative measure if your drains clog frequently. These common household items will keep your drain flowing smoothly and freely. Besides, the fact that this works really well, it is very inexpensive to use and is safe to use around children and pets. Baking soda, salt, white vinegar will not harm your pipes as does caustic drain cleaners.