When Drano Isn’t Enough: How to Tackle a Clogged Drain
Apr 15, 2016
If you are like most people, you reach for Drano when your drain seems to be moving slowly or clogging. The liquid gel seems like a miracle product, solving a problem without forcing you to get your hands dirty. For DIY plumbing, it seems like a wunderkind. However, what do you do when Drano fails you and the drain remains clogged?
Well, from a professional standpoint, we would like you to know that Drano is not a solution to all drain problems. In fact, if used incorrectly, it can do more harm than good. Additionally, other methods are often more effective than Drano, since the latter can use harsh chemicals. At bluefrog, we want your drains to work. That is why we offer some techniques to help tackles those clogs.
How to Conquer Clogs Without Drano
Use products from your pantry
Drano is not often a cure-all and can be harmful because of the chemicals. If you have a minor clog, use baking soda and vinegar to fix it. Allow all the standing water to drain before starting the process. Once that is gone, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. After, flush your pipes with warm water.
Use a plunger
Plungers have become synonymous with toilets, but that is not all they are used for. You can use plungers on your drains to clear out clogs, as well. Make sure to get a plunger that can seal the opening. This will help dislodge any blockage.
Use a plumbing snake
For clogs you can’t clear with your home cleaner or plunger, you can use a tool called a snake. This slender, flexible, drill-like tool maneuvers through the drain. Place the tip of the pipe at the opening of the drain, pushing it through until you reach a block. Wind the snake back and repeat until the clog is cleared.
We know what a pain clogged drains can be. If you don’t want to deal with the mess or hassle of fixing it, contact our bluefrog plumbers. We offer competitive prices and free plumbing evaluations. Contact us today to schedule a service!