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New Year's Resolution: Abolish Chemical Drain Cleaners From Your Home

2016 is here and it's time to make your New Year's resolutions. If you're a homeowner, your list of resolutions may include a promise not to use chemical drain cleaners in your home's plumbing. If this is the case, the following tips will help you clean your home's drains in ways that are safe for your pipes and safe for the environment.

Clear Slow Moving Drains with Natural Household Products

There are a number of common household products that can help you clear a slow moving drain. For example:

  • Vinegar. Vinegar is slightly acidic, which means that it can eat away at any organic material caught in your home's pipes. For a slow moving drain, pour several cups of vinegar into the pipe and let the vinegar work its way down. Chase the vinegar with boiling water to help wash away the clog caught inside the drain.
  • Baking soda. Baking soda is a natural cleaning product that deodorizes and washes away greasy or sticky foods. Sprinkling baking soda into your drain and flushing it down with boiling water will help clear sticky debris from your pipes.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice is similar to vinegar in its effectiveness, and makes an excellent alternative if you have no vinegar on hand. 

Use a Plumber's Auger to Clear Total Blockages

If your pipes are completely blocked, the above products won't be powerful enough to clear the drain. However, a plumber's auger will likely get the job done. An auger includes a long cable with a sharp, curly end designed to pierce any clog it encounters. Augers work much like professional drain snakes, but are powered by a hand crank instead of electricity.

Insert the end of the plumber's auger into the pipe, and turn the hand crank to force the cable downward. When the tip of the cable encounters the clog, the water level in the sink or bathtub will go down. Withdraw the auger from the pipe and clean off the clog from the end of the cable.

Contact a Plumber for Additional Help

For stubborn clogs that can't be cleared by an auger, don't turn to chemical drain cleaner. Contact a certified plumber. He or she will be able to clear the clog quickly and effectively. For more information, write down any questions you might have, then contact a plumber like those at Royal-T-Rooter Service. He or she will be able to answer your questions and give you a quote for professional drain cleaning.