Plumber shares how to unblock drains easily with 'ideal' homemade solution

Plumber shares how to unblock drains easily with 'ideal' homemade solution

Clogged drains are a pain and can cost anywhere from £50 to £100 to fix – even if the blocking is minor.

The signs are obvious when a drain is clogged. Water liners in the sink or shower, foul smells emerge, and drain flies can often appear. 

But many people put off dealing with clogged drains simply because they don't know how simple it is to create a homemade drain cleaner.

Although sometimes it is necessary to bring in a professional drain cleaning service, households should first explore how to unclog a drain using tools found around the house, such as baking soda.

Baking soda can be used for a multitude of cleaning purposes such as tackling mold, cleaning grout or whitening laundry. It's also the “best household cleaning agent when it comes to unclogging drains”, according to plumbing experts at Eyman Plumbing Heating and Air.

Baking soda's slight acidity is enough to disintegrate buildup without corroding pipes. Plus, its alkaline powder “dissolves organic materials” that can get lodged in household drains.

The experts argued that chemical cleaners, on the other hand, are not as kind to drains as “they dislodge clogs but contain compounds that wear down and weaken” pipes.

A “homemade drain cleaner” can be made by combining baking soda with lemon or white vinegar.

The plumbing pro claimed that by combining baking soda with lemon is “ideal for clogged kitchen drains”. 

Not only will this homemade remedy dissolve buildup, but it also leaves behind a light lemon aroma. For this tip, households need half a cup of baking soda, half a cup of lemon juice and boiling water.

Pour the baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by the lemon juice. Plug the drain and let the mixture sit in the pipes for one hour. Finish by pouring down the boiling water.

Try using fresh lemon juice if possible as store-bought juice may contain added sugars or preservatives that can linger in the pipes.

When paired with white vinegar, the baking soda can “dissolve hard deposits, kill harmful bacteria, and cut through grime” so well.

To create a baking soda and vinegar at-home drain cleaner, you will need the same measurements as above but swap the lemon juice for white vinegar.

Pour the baking soda and vinegar down the clogged drain. Plug and let the mixture sit for one hour (or more for large clogs).

When adding the vinegar, you may notice bubbling in the pipes – this is normal, so don't be alarmed.

The experts explained: “The two chemicals react to create carbon dioxide that fizzes and sizzles. The reaction confirms that your concoction is working.”

After an hour, take out the plug and add hot water down the drain. Although white vinegar is pungent, the hot water will soon remove the smells.

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