DIY Tips for Cleaning Your Drain

Nov. 22, 2016
Having a slow drain is a total bummer. Whether it’s the kitchen sink while you’re trying to fix dinner, or your shower drain after washing the day away, slow drains mean standing water, and that’s not good. Some minor drain clogs can be handled on your own, but some might need a professional’s help, like from Rainaldi Home Services.
 
Some do-it-yourself tools to try on your drain first:
 
Plunger Every home should have a plunger, or two. Most minor clogs can be cleared with a plunger.
 
Drain Cleaner Solution This might be the first thought any homeowner has when battling a slow drain—go to the store and pick up a bottle of drain cleaner. But don’t choose just any drain cleaner. Your home has different types of drains, and there are different solutions for the different drains. Read labels and follow the directions before use.
 
DIY Drain Cleaner Pour a half cup of baking soda in the drain, then add a half cup of vinegar. Follow with some boiling water and let that set in the drain for a few minutes before attempting to flush out the drain. This is an easy DIY that is safe for pipes of all types.
 
Soda That same sugary soda you enjoy with your pizza can work on in your pipes to clear a minor clog. So, if you don’t happen to have the vinegar or baking soda needed, you just might have a can or two you can use.
 
Drain Snake Another tool that homeowners should have is the drain snake. You rotate the snake through the drain pipes (turning the handle counter-clockwise) until you encounter resistance. Then, continue to rotate the snack against the blockage so it latches onto the clogging material. Pull the snake from your drain slowly to remove the clogged material.
 
Phone If these tools don’t work for you, use your phone to call a licensed plumber like the professionals at Rainaldi. We can clear any drain, any time with one call.
 
Working with the plumbers at Rainaldi can also help prevent future clogs with an annual maintenance and inspection appointment of your drains and ask them how you can do monthly performance checks yourself to keep water free flowing all year long.
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