Whether it’s your kitchen sink, bathroom sink or your shower, a clogged drain can be incredibly frustrating. In these moments, you might be tempted to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner because it’s easy to use and fast, but think twice before you do this.
Why should I avoid chemical drain cleaners?
Chemical drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction while in your pipes, this reaction generates heat which helps to melt whatever gunk is clogging your drain. However, this same chemical reaction can also cause corrosion in your pipes. The breakdown of your pipes won’t happen after using the drain cleaner one time, but if you make a habit of it, you will need to replace your pipes sooner than is usually necessary.
How should I unclog my drains?
Next time you have a clogged sink try using an alternative method. While it might take a little bit longer than just dumping some liquid gel in the drain, the longterm effects will be worth it.
Some alternatives to consider include:
Drain snake - Most sink clogs can be cleared out with a 25-foot drain snake, and contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a professional in order to get this done.
Baking soda & vinegar - A natural way to clear the drain is with a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of vinegar. Let that sit in the sink drain for an hour and then pour boiling water down until it’s clear.
Plunger - No, not the same plunger you use in your toilet. There are different types of plungers, depending on the drain you are trying to unclog. Keep a sink plunger to use on all of the sinks in your home.
If you’ve tried these tactics and the drain clog still won’t come free, then you might have a larger problem on your hands. In that case, don’t hesitate to call the plumbing and drain experts at The Plumbing Authority Heating & Cooling.