If you have a house full of clogged drains then you can fix this problem with DIY homemade drain cleaner. However, if your drain cleaner isn’t fixing the problem, it’s always best to contact a commercial plumbing company.
Ingredients You Need
There are some basic ingredients that you will need.
Cleaner Bases: Baking soda is one of the best solutions for cleaning the drain. It helps break down the grime and dirt. Baking soda is reactive so if you add an acid, it becomes excited and breaks down the grime in the drain.
The key is starting with any sodium and then combine it with an acid. Instead of baking soda, you can also use Borax but keep it away from any children or pets.
Acids: Vinegar is a great acid for cleaning the drain. Lemon juice is weaker but will also work. If you choose lemons, you will have to add more. Cream of tartar can also be used.
When you add a salt base with an acid, you get an acidic solution. By adding the right amount of both, it creates enough of a reaction to clean the drain but doesn’t cause you harm.
Steps for Drain Cleaning
- Have your ingredients in the right order. You want to start with the sodium solution in the drain and then add your acid.
- Once you have added your acid you want to wait up to one hour. It’s best if you plug your drain while you wait.
- Add some boiling water to the drain. The hot water can pass through the drain easier and will help dissolve the gunk.
This method can work for any drain in the home. However, if you are dealing with a larger drainage system then you may need a commercial plumbing solution or a plumber you trust to fix your issue.