Home Drain Cleaning Methods
Using a bent wire hanger to poke the debris can be very effective and hassle free solution.
It can get rid of hairs and other unwelcome material by way of hooking them and pulling out.
Pouring boiling water helps with clearing greasy substances by melting them away. However, the disadvantage is that the debris might cool off further away and solidify again, posing another threat for a blockage.
Remove, clean pipe and replace
This is applicable for sinks and basins. The S-trap (at the bottom of sink) is detachable and can be removed by unfastening screws at the top end and bottom end of it. Ensure there is dish or bucket to collect water that will spill as you remove. Sink blockages can at times be found within this S-trap, so cleaning it off may help.
Drain cleaning methods using drainage tools
Drain rods are useful and some may keep rods at the house for times like these. Rods are a home accessory useful for cleaning drains.
Other useful tools are most likely to be kept by professional drain cleaners. Tools such as drain snake, drain machine and the like are useful drain tools for cleaning
A plunger is one tool most ignored by home owners. Also, one needs to appreciate that a plunger works with pressure, hence there is need to ensure enough water in the system. Some may give up due to the fact that they do not use enough water.
Salt and baking soda
Kitchen ingredients readily available in homes. Mixing half a cup of table salt with half a cup of baking soda and pouring it down the blocked drain.
After about 10-20 minutes, pour boiling water down. This can be simple solution that even mothers can employ at home without touching any dirt.
Unblock drains DIY.
A frequent plumbing problem experienced by home owners and tenants in South Africa is that of a clogged drain.
This can be any one of the following
Blocked shower drain
Clogged sink drain
Blocked sewer drain
Or just a blocked toilet
Blocked drainage pipes should never be ignored.
Severe blockages can also result in burst pipes, which costly to repair. There are some natural ways to deal with clogged drainage without using special blocked drain tools
Unblock drains the green way. The benefits of green drain cleaning solutions
Use of natural products for drain cleaning is encouraged. There is no toxic chemicals in the drain unblocking process, therefore the environment is safe
This will ultimately save on drainage pipes longevity, as some drain cleaning chemicals tend to corrode the pipes
Natural drain cleaners are safer and they are also easy to apply. Furthermore, green solutions are very cheap.
Works well for drain blockages caused by fats especially in the sink.
It is a quick and easy solution for your clogged sink drains
These chemicals can dissolve grease and food, and other substances such as hair strands
However, they are also limited as they cannot penetrate solid masses. In such cases a drain cleaning specialist can help
A plunger one of common drain unblocking tools. Simple and easy to use, makes use of pressure and can be very useful for a blocked toilet