Eco-Friendly Ways to Unclog a Drain

If you have problems with a clogged drain, it is very important to think clearly and not to do anything that could harm you or damage your plumbing system. If you follow our tips, you probably won’t have to call a plumbing company to come to your aid. There are many different and efficient green ways to unclog a drain without using expensive and dangerous chemicals. Now let’s take a look at some options that are quick, easy, inexpensive and most importantly – environmentally conscious.


Unclogging a Drain with Boiling Water


Boiling water can do miracles for your clogged and greasy kitchen sink drains. All you need to do is to fill a pot of water and boil it on your stove. If you have a microwave, use a microwave-safe container and boil it in there. After you are done, use that water to pour it down the drain slowly. For a better effect, it is better to pour with a break of a couple of minutes in between so that the hot water can start breaking the clog.

If hot water isn’t enough, try mixing it with baking soda and vinegar. If you’ve ever combined these two ingredients before, you know how crazy they can react together. There are several ways you can unclog a drain with these two ingredients. The first way is to combine 1/3 cup baking soda with 1/3 cup vinegar, and immediately pour it down the clogged drain. The second way is to put the baking soda into the drain and then pour the vinegar in. Lastly, you can pour hot water down the drain first, then spread baking soda and after a few minutes, pour some vinegar in it. You should not rinse your drain immediately. If possible, leave it to sit overnight. It could also be helpful to flush the drain with hot boiling water as you did in the start. This should work not only for your kitchen drains but also for more stubborn clogs, such as clogged toilet.


Unclogging a Drain with Wire Clothes Hanger


If you have a wire clothes hanger, you could use it to unclog a drain. Unwind the wire hanger and straighten it as much as you can. You just need to leave a tiny hook at one end. Now you have made something similar to a specialized and rather expensive drain cleaning tool. Once you have made your tool, use it pull the clog out of your drain. You must be very careful not to pack the clog down even farther. Also, be aware, that what you are about to pull up will not be pleasant. If you have pulled out the clog successfully, thoroughly clean it with our hot-water-soda-and-vinegar technique we have discussed above.


If none of the techniques we mentioned worked, it is time to call a plumber.  There may be a problem with the pipes, or the clog is farther down the drain line, beyond your reach.  It is okay to tackle small problems such as these by yourself, but if you have bigger problems such as runny toilet, cracked or burst pipes, or if you need hot water heater repair, you must seek help from a professional plumber.


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