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Natural Ways To Unclog Your Drain

Posted on August 11th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Traditional drain cleaners are some of the most toxic cleaners you could have in your home. Their key ingredients often include some very harmful chemicals like sodium hydroxide and sulphuric acid. In some cases, it may be best to avoid these hazardous substances and instead use safer products that can easily be found in your home.

Here are a few natural ways to unclog your drains:

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Close-up of baking soda on spoon.
Mix ⅓ cup of baking soda and ⅓ cup of vinegar. You should be near your drain when you do this as it will fizz immediately. Pour the concoction right down the clogged drain and let it sit for an hour, or even overnight if you can, then flush it out with hot water. This should help remove hair and other buildup in the pipes.

2. Salt and Baking Soda
Mix a ½ cup of table salt with a ½ cup of baking soda and pour it down your clogged drain. Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes, and then pour boiling hot water down the drain. The combination will cause a chemical reaction that should dissolve some of the blockage.

3. Dish Detergent
If your toilet is clogged, try pouring in ¼ cup of dish detergent. Follow up with boiling water, and then start plunging. The soap will act as a lubricant which will break up greasy residue. If the plunger doesn’t work you may have to resort to rubber gloves.

4. Baking Soda, Vinegar, Gravity, and Pressure
Make the baking soda and vinegar mixture that was mentioned in tip number 1. Pour it down the drain, and then place a stopper over it. After about an hour, fill the bathtub with water then remove the stopper. The pressure should be enough to unblock the drain. Also try using a drain snake or a plunger after the other steps are done.

If these tips still aren’t enough to clear your drains, then give the expert drain cleaning team at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric a call:

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
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