There is no doubt that when you have a clogged drain, chemical drain cleaners are the easiest option for getting the water to flow again. However, each pour of chemicals carries some negative consequences along with it.
When you pour the drain cleaner down your pipes, the liquid begins a chemical reaction that generates a lot of heat. This heat is what helps to clear the drain, but it also has adverse effects on your pipes. This heat will cause your PVC pipes to soften and crack over time, and it will cause corrosion in your metal pipes.
You’ll face an even worse situation if the drain cleaner is unable to clear the clog, this will leave the chemicals to sit in your pipes likely causing more damage than they would have otherwise.
Snakes are a great alternative to chemical drain cleaners. They work by hooking whatever is clogging your drain at the end of a long coil, or flexible plastic rod and pulling it out of the drain so that it is no longer an issue. It gets a little gross depending on what was stuck in the pipes, but it is incredibly effective.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Try mixing a ⅓ cup of baking soda with a ⅓ cup of vinegar, it will immediately begin fizzing, and this is when you should pour it down your drain. The fizzing reaction will help to clear the gunk and hair that is likely blocking your drain, then flush it with hot water to ensure the drain has cleared.
If your clogged drain is so severe that neither of the above methods works then you should reach out to a professional plumbing and drain expert immediately. The professionals at Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air will be able to get your drain clear in no time! Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about the services we provide.
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