Blocked drains are a common problem around the world. Clogs become serious issues when they have been left treated for a long time leading to leakages through the drainage lines. This could lead to damaging your home, reducing your property value and might require more expensive repairs. So, fix the issue before it becomes more expensive. Do you know how to unclog blocked drains? Here are the simple tips:
A mug of boiling water
A mug of boiling water can fix the problem of blocked drains immediately. Pouring hot boiling water through the pipes that are of metal or ceramic help loosen or dissolve the blockage. In case if you have PVC drainage pipes, then pour only hot water and not boiling water as it may cause damage to the PVC pipes.
A mix of baking soda and white vinegar
This is one of the best DIY drain cleaners to clean the clogged drain line. First pour a mixture of baking soda or soda bicarbonate into the drain, followed by the vinegar. The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar produces oxygen, scouring the pipes from inside and clearing the blocked drains. The mixture may bubble out of the pipe, hence, cover the drain immediately after pouring the soda bicarbonate and vinegar.
Caustic chemical drain cleaner
Caustic chemicals have the tendency to dissolve oil, hair, food, grease, and other substances that usually causes clogs. The caustic chemicals can be picked up from any local hardware or chemical stores. These chemicals should be used in optimal quantities as they are harmful to the environment and to those who are working to unclog the drain. You should be careful while working with caustic chemicals drain unblockers as they may harm your skin, and teeth.
A plunger can do miracles
A plunger clears a blocked drain same as a clogged toilet. Be sure to cover overflow spouts before you begin plunging. The up and down pressure created by the plunger loosen the blockages and now you can observe the smooth flow in pipes. Plunging is most useful for solid blockages, but it is not very effective on grease build-up and mineral deposits.
Insert plumber’s snake or electric eel tool
Severe blockages can be dealt using a plumber’s snake or an electric eel tool. This works well when the blockage is near to the opening of the drain as the reach of the plumber’s snake is limited. The rotating coil at the end of the eel spins while chipping the blockage. But it may damage your pipe, so it is better to try other methods first or use the tool for a shorter time. The plumber’s snake can be easily available at any hardware store and can be used repeatedly. If you don’t want to buy or don’t want to take the risk of damaging your pipe then you can also hire a professional plumber for this service.
Use hydro jets
Hydro-jets creates pressure and thus forces the blockage to blow out of the pipes. This is safer than using a plumber’s snake. It may not be effective for solid blockages but you can still make an attempt. Alternately, you can also hire a plumber to do hydro-jetting.
Borax can help you great
Borax is a type of chemical that is used to clear the blocked drainage. Insert half-a-cup of borax powder into the pipe using a funnel and then pour two glasses of hot water in the pipe. Let the mixture stay for 15 minutes and then pour another two glasses of hot water. You can repeat this process for solid blockages. Though it takes time, it can clear the drain.