How To Clean Drains Effectively?

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Clean_DrainWhen it comes to clogged drains, a situation calls for an immediate response and fast action. There is nothing worse than a clogged drain to wreak havoc on your daily time management, as you are likely to have to drop appointments and deal with the issue immediately. If you put the issue off, you run the risk of flooding your home, dealing with water damage, or at minimum, clogging up the toilet, tub, or sink and making them useless until the issue is repaired. Thankfully, a few clogged drain issues are easily thanks to drain cleaning Toronto – here are a few fast tips on how to clear that clog quickly.

Boiling Hot Water Flush

If you think it is sluggish when water is draining out of the basin, you could be developing a clog. Sometimes hot water can help dissolve grease and fatty deposits inside the pipe and thereby prevent a full clog from forming in the drain. It does not work all the time, but it does not hurt to try. Put a kettle of water on the stove and boil it. In lieu of the kettle, run some water through your coffee maker. Wait until the slow drain of the sink is complete before pouring boiling water down the pipes. You may want to repeat this process more than once.

Please note: this process should be used on a system that is made of metal pipes only. You want to avoid putting water that has a temperature of 175°F greater down the sink drain if you have PVC pipes, as they are prone to melting and softening at higher temperatures. If you are uncertain about what kind of pipes you have, you may want to refrain from doing a boiling hot water flush and try some other method for unclogging the drain.

Recipe for a Homemade Drain Cleaner

There are a number of drain cleaners on the market, but not all of them work for every kind clog. A professional plumber will always advise you that the use of a chemical to remove a clog from the drain should be the absolute last resort. If you suspect that you have a clog that is caused by grease or fatty deposits, you can use a baking soda and vinegar recipe to clear the clog naturally. To free the drain from the clog, add a cup of baking soda products into the drain and try to get down to the drain as far as possible. Follow the addition of the baking soda with the addition of vinegar.

The mixture will bubble and fizz so is a good idea to plug the drain as the baking soda and vinegar react. If you use this process to clear a clog in your toilet, after you add half of the vinegar you need, simply flush. Allow the reaction to gradually subside before adding the remaining vinegar and flush it again. It is a good idea to allow the passage of about an hour between vinegar additions.

Pick Up the Plunger

You will find one the fastest and easiest ways to clear a clogged toilet sink is when you are wielding a plunger. It is true, no one finds it fun, but if you want to get the issue taken care of quickly, it is best to have a plunger on hand when you need one. If you are unclogging the sink with a plunger and the sink has an overflow drain, please place duct tape over the overflow drain in order to force the air back down through the drain to help in removing the clog. If you are using a cup plunger, you can use an empty milk or juice container to place over the drain – just squeeze the empty bottle and it will force air down the drain and hopefully clear any minor clogs.

Your Toronto Drain Cleaning

A note of warning: It is not a good idea to plunge a sink after you have put a chemical cleaner in it. It can prove dangerous to do so if you are still having an issue with the clog after using a chemical cleaner, you should consider calling a professional to assist you further with your drain cleaning Toronto. If the problem persists, call the courteous professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

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