Have you tried Drano (or a comparable product) on your clogged drain but it’s just not working? Or maybe you ‘re tired of using such a harsh, harmful chemical in your home.
No matter what your situation is, there are other, better methods of drain cleaning you can try if you’re trying to leave Drano in the past. Here’s how to unclog your drains for good before calling for plumbing services!
Look in Your Kitchen Pantry
Baking soda and vinegar may unclog your drain better than Drano ever could. Start by getting rid of the standing water in your drain. If it will go down slowly, just wait until it’s gone. If it isn’t moving, use a cup or a spoon to get it out of there.
Then, put 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit there for 30 minutes. When the time is up, run warm water down the drain and see if the clog is gone.
Try a Plunger
Most people assume that plungers only work on toilets, but they can actually unclog most pipes. Make sure the plunger forms a tight seal over the opening of the drain, then start plunging. You may need to work for several minutes before you see much of a difference. Don’t call for an emergency plumber in Costa Mesa unless you have plunged for 5 minutes or more without a discernible change.
Consider a Plumbing Snake
A plumbing snake is a long coil of metal that you can thread or push through your drain. It usually has a point or a hook on the end, for breaking up or pulling out clogs. You can usually rent these at your local hardware stores.
Make sure you get a snake that is the right size for your drain and that you never put it more than 3-4 feet into the drain. Otherwise, it can get stuck down there and cause even more plumbing problems! Thread the drain until you hit a blockage. Wind the snake back up to try to remove the clog or use the snake to break it up.
Call your Costa Mesa Plumbers
If you have a drain cleaning conundrum and you aren’t sure how to fix it, call us at DC Drains & Plumbing out of Costa Mesa. We’ll have an experienced plumber there ASAP to make sure your drain gets back to normal fast. We have professional techniques like hydro jetting that can remove clogs ASAP without using harmful chemicals. Call today for fast, friendly service soon.