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What Can I Use Instead of Chemical Drain Cleaners?

Chemical drain cleaners have populated markets in the recent past, marketed for their easy use and quick results. However, chemical drain cleaners can do more harm than they do good. Even their benefits can be limited as they often don’t do a great job of clearing the drains. So, what are some alternatives? The folks here at Rooter Hero Plumbing know a thing or two about drain cleaning, and we are here to offer some tips. If you prefer to opt for professional drain cleaning, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule a flexible appointment. That said, here are some alternatives to chemical drain cleaners.

Why Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners?

It’s in the name: chemical drain cleaners have chemicals in them. Obviously not all chemicals are bad, but the ones in chemical drain cleaners can be harsh. Plus, they work by creating chemical reactions that generate heat and break down gunk that is clogging your drains. However, these chemicals and the chemical reactions can also break down the pipes themselves. Sure, your pipes won’t corrode after one use, but habitual use of chemical drain cleaners can speed up corrosion.

How to Unclog Drains

Fortunately, there are many alternatives to unclogging those kitchen or bathroom drains. We have a few options here that will give you results without severely damaging your plumbing.

Let’s start with something similar to chemical drain cleaners. If you enjoy the convenience of pouring a liquid into the drains, then consider this household concoction. Start by running hot water for a minute or even pour some hot water into the drains. Next, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain and follow it with a cup of vinegar. Allow this mixture to fizzle for about 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it down with hot, near-boiling water.

If you have some elbow grease handy, then consider unclogging the drains the old-fashioned way: with a drain snake. You do not need a professional to handle a drain snake, and these augers can be bought at your local hardware store. For shallow clogs, you can even put together a makeshift drain snake by unraveling a clothes hanger. Make sure to wrap some cloth around the ends to avoid scratching and damaging the drains.

For toilet clogs, you can also pull out the plunger. There are also different types of plungers on the market for sinks and other drains. Lower the plunger to seal the opening of the drain and plunge firmly using a steady, up-and-down motion. Once the blockage has been pushed out, you will notice the water level adjust back to its normal level.

Drain Cleaning for Long-lasting Results

Unclogging the drain is great but dealing with a clogged drain once every couple of weeks can be frustrating. If you want to get at the root of the issue, then consider a professional drain cleaning. Our hydro jetting drain cleaning assisted by live video technology will safely and thoroughly clear the drains of gunk and debris. Call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule a flexible appointment today.

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