There comes a time in almost everyone’s life when you have the task of unclogging a drainpipe in your home. Maybe it’s the shower, the kitchen sink or even the toilet. Depending on the severity of the blockage there are a number of different options available to take to resolve the issue.
The first is arguably the most responsible and effective, but adversely also the most costly. The solution here is as you’d guess, calling a professional out to fix the problem. Depending on where you live and the company you choose, this can be fairly inexpensive on the wallet or it can go well above $500 if you’re plumbing is in a dire state and/or the plumbing company take you for a ride and enjoy tapping your bank account for every little expense (this has happened to me!).
An alternative to the first option is to tackle it yourself, or at least try to before hiring the plumber. There’s 2 choices, go for a product from online or the hardware store, or to try and concoct your own drain cleaner, creating a dirt busting formula all on your lonesome.
http://www.draincleaner.org has some great recommendations for drain cleaner you can purchase, in particular I think the lye based choices are extremely powerful if you know the pipes in your home can handle it without becoming damaged (this will complicate your blockage issue not help it otherwise).
This is where it gets interesting. How about making your own drain opener? Believe it or not you can achieve this without too much difficulty and you probably have the majority of what you need lying around in your kitchen cupboards.
So to make this drain cleaner, here’s what you’ll need to acquire if you don’t have it already:
…That’s it! Believe it or not, these two combined can perform miracles when faced against a blocked pipe, and this simple formula can and does outshine a number of products, especially the cheaper variety of drain cleaner that you’ll find in your local hardware store.
To apply these ingredients it’s very easy even a child could do it. Pour the baking soda down the offending hole, then chase it up with the vinegar. You’ll notice that a fair amount of foamy substance will emerge from the drain, don’t worry that’s what we want. Leave it to settle for approximately 10-15 minutes then rinse out with boiling water (hot from the tap is fine too). If after this the blockage is still present after your first attempt, try a couple more times. If all that work still didn’t budge it, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and buy some more heavy duty stuff or dust off your yellow pages for plumbers.
I hope you enjoyed this little guide on drain cleaner. Stay tuned for more posts soon!