Natural items that can be used to unclog a drain

Unclog Your Drain the Natural Way

Natural solutions can be just as effective as synthetic products without causing damage to your pipes.

In a world of clogged pipes and drains, there are many options for how to get things flowing smoothly again. Not all options are created the same though. While synthetic options are convenient and tend to work faster, they also have a downside of eating away at your pipes over time. Natural remedies can be just as effective and still keep your plumbing intact. Consider some of these natural suggestions the next time you need to unclog your drains.

 

Dish Soap & Hot Water

This method is usually a great place to start when trying to unclog a drain naturally. All you need is your regular dish soap, a pot, and some water! Many dish soaps double as degreasers to help get your cookware clean. Because of this, they can also be effective when working to clear a drain of grease clogs. You may have to repeat this method a few times to clear the drain properly. To clear a drain with these items:

  1. Boil about two liters of water and mix in a few tablespoons of liquid dish soap.
  2. Slowly pour the mixture down the drain.
  3. Repeat as necessary.

 

Baking Soda & Vinegar

One of the most common methods used to clear a clogged drain is a combined solution of baking soda and vinegar. This method doesn’t take much effort and can be very effective at removing weaker drain clogs due to the reaction caused by baking soda and vinegar. To unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar, all you need to do is:

  1. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain – This helps to warm and expand the pipes.
  2. Follow with 1 cup of baking soda.
  3. Add 1 cup of vinegar down the drain.
  4. Plug the drain and let the mixture sit for one hour.
  5. After an hour, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to clear the pipes.
  6. Repeat as necessary.

 

Baking Soda & Salt

Another method that takes just two common household ingredients is using baking soda and salt. Baking soda has a wide variety of uses, and when mixed with table salt, it can be an effective solution to unclog a drain. To clear your drains with this solution, simply:

  1. Combine 1 cup of baking soda and ½ cup of salt.
  2. Pour the powder mixture down the drain and let it sit for a few hours – This gives the powder time to activate and pull away the blockage from the pipe.
  3. Finish by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

 

Plungers or Vacuums

These options can be good methods to turn to when dealing with stubborn clogs. When using a plunger, you’ll want to make sure that the head can sit flat to the drain to ensure there is a proper seal. This seal then allows the plunger to use suction and compression forces to push and pull water in the pipe. This constant flow eventually breaks apart and flushes the clog down the pipes.

Using a vacuum works similar to using a plunger, but the object is sucked out of the drain. For this method, you’ll want to use a shop vac instead of your regular home vacuum, as you’ll more than likely be taking in liquids. Like using a plunger, a good seal is the key. Place the hose’s tip on the drain, power it on, and pull whatever you can from the drain.

 

Bring in the Plumbers

Sometimes a stubborn clog won’t come undone no matter what you may try. In these situations, it could be something more serious than just a simple clog. Our experts at Mason Pro Services are here to help you unclog any drain while still protecting your pipes. We specialize in various plumbing services to help make sure that things in your home are flowing the way they should be. If you need help unclogging your drains or taking care of any of your plumbing needs, contact us today!