Fast and Natural Remedies to Break Through Blockages
A clogged drain is one of life’s little imperatives.
You know it’s going to happen at some point, you just cross your fingers it’s not during a really critical time, like your Game of Thrones viewing party or when your Mother-in-law is over for Sunday brunch.
The instinct to fix it quickly means many people resort to one of several “fast acting” chemical drain cleaners on the market today. However, these conventional drain cleaners contain toxic ingredients such as sodium hydroxide, the active ingredient in chlorine bleach. Inhaling these fumes can cause breathing difficulty and nausea, and skin contact with the product can lead to burns.
Additionally, if these drain cleaners come in contact with ammonia, the mixture can produce a form of chlorine gas, which was used as a chemical weapon in the first world war. Not to mention the damage these potent chemicals can do to your pipes.
If the baking soda and vinegar fix doesn’t clear the pipe, there are store bought drain cleaners that can help without all the dangerous chemical side effects. Google “enzyme cleaners” and you’ll find a variety of brands to choose from. The live cultures of enzymes and bacteria chew through the organic muck that make up the bulk of most household drain clogs.
A third approach is the use of lye. Lye is also called caustic soda sodium hydroxide and is a substance frequently used to make soap. It’s available in liquid, pellet, flake or powder from most home improvement or hardware stores. It is an effective substance for use in unclogging drains and is often one of the active ingredients in commercially available drain cleaners. Lye has caustic properties that help it dissolve hair and grease, the root cause of most challenging drain clogs. For this reason, you’ll need to take a few extra safety precautions when using it.
If you get to this point and you’re still wrestling with the clog, it’s time to call in the professionals at Ben Franklin Plumbing to help clean your drain. We’ll come tackle that pesky pipe problem and be gone before you know it, cleaning up to a shine before we go!
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One question we often get: Can a mixture of baking soda and vinegar be made and stored for faster use when needed?
Unfortunately NO, the reaction is temporary and will dissipate soon after, leaving your “fast access” mixture useless. It’s better to keep the two ingredients separate, but available, so you can achieve maximum clog and cleaning power when the time comes.
When it comes to tackling really troublesome clogs, we recommend you let the trained, licensed and experienced professionals of Ben Franklin Plumbing do the job. Especially if these simple, natural methods aren’t proving effective for your drain pain. We have the advanced tools and know-how to get to the epicenter of the clog and remove it. You don’t want to risk damaging your pipes or disposal and pay more for repairs for what could be a relatively easy fix for us.
Contact us or call our 24/7 customer service line today 800.471.0809, our monthly service and product specials can also save you money!