Every family understands the importance of keeping kitchen and bathroom sinks clean and tidy. These are the areas of the house that are used daily, and therefore, have a tendency to get dirty rather quickly.
With kitchen sinks seeing so many pots, pans, glasses, and silverware scrubbed every day, and each family member using the bathroom sink to wash, shave and brush their teeth, chances are that every now and then you’re going to run into a clogged drain.
Clogged drains are a nuisance – they can even cause flooding and create unpleasant odours around the home. But they needn’t be difficult to resolve. In fact, clearing clogged drains can be hassle-free.
How to Unclog a Drain
A range of products can help you get the job done quick and effortlessly:
Chemical Drain Cleaners
There are many products that are designed exactly for this task, but to get the best from them, always remember to read the label first. When poured directly into the clogged drain, these chemical drain cleaners work to dissolve the grease and build-up that has caused the blockage. They also contain special ingredients designed to eliminate the nasty germs that cause a clogged drain to smell bad. After the drain cleaner has done its job, use Domex to kill any residual germs and eliminate the stagnant odour.
It’s important to always follow the instructions when using heavy duty cleaning products – not only from a health and safety point of view – but also because different types of clogged drains require different solutions. A standing water blockage in a kitchen sink, for example, should be handled differently to a clogged bath from which water can still drain slowly.
2. Natural Drain Cleaning
For environmental and safety reasons, many people prefer to try clearing clogged drains with natural ingredients before using chemical cleaners. For example, this natural drain cleaning method can help clear blockages:
- In a dry sink, pour at least 1 cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, and ensure that the powder makes its way down the drain.
- Next, pour approximately 2 cups of boiling water in and wait several minutes.
- Add one more cup of baking soda and immediately follow it with one cup of plain white vinegar.
- Plug the drain. Here you will notice bubbles and a sizzling noise being emitted from the drain. Don’t panic – this is good!
- Once the bubbles disappear, add another 2 cups of boiling water