Back to Help Center

Plumbing Tips for Drain Cleaning

Plumbing systems in every home develop clogs and there is no way to steer clear of this. Without proper knowledge, cleaning a drain in your home can be an aggravating experience. If your drains tend to get clogged, whether it is your sink, floor, or bathroom drain, there are simple steps you can take to rid yourself of these clogs without having to call in your local plumber. Read these tips to keep your drains free of clogs and keep draining water properly.

Tip 1: First try using the typical home remedy, the plunger, with cleaning any clogged drain or toilet. An inexpensive tool, a majority of minor drain clogs can be cleared out with some instant plunger action.

Tip 2: Pour a brine solution (or very strong salt water) down any sink to eliminate odors. It is good for kitchen sinks because it keeps grease from building up in the drains after cleaning dishes from dinner.  This is a great little trick for preventing clogged drains from happening in the first place, which can definitely save you a nice bundle of cash.

Tip 3: Go to your local store and purchase a drain cleaner solution for any clogs in your drains that you cannot get out with a plunger. Be sure to read all the information on drain cleaner solution as certain solutions are made for certain drains – some chemical drain cleaners can damage plastic pipes or garbage disposals installed in kitchen sinks. Follow all directions carefully to clean the drain properly. Keep in mind, however, that repeated use of chemical drain cleaner solutions can damage your plumbing over time.

Tip 4: Never underestimate the power of vinegar and baking soda, especially if you want to stay away from pouring chemical drain cleaners down a clogged drain to clean it. Inexpensive and safe for use, a little bit of vinegar and baking soda can keep your drains clear of any clog, and it also gets rid of the pungent odor made by any sink clog. A half cup of baking soda poured into any drain followed by a half cup of vinegar and then some boiling hot water is the perfect natural drain cleaner. The two ingredients react with one another to can get rid of any blockage without doing permanent damage to your pipes.

Tip 5: Purchase or rent a mechanical snake to clean drains of unwanted clogs. Thread the mechanical snake down any clogged drain to manually push the clog out and clean your drain. You can use a mechanical snake with a garden hose to clean out any clogs from your home’s main drain to the sewer. Threat the mechanical snake into the pipe, take it out once clog is pushed, and insert the garden hose with the water on full blast.

Tip 6: If, after a few attempts, these tips have not helped you to clear your drain of clogs, call a licensed, professional plumber to come and take over. Excess force on any drain can lead to permanent damage to your pipes and fixtures.