Guide to Unclogging Drains Without Using Harsh Chemicals

Clogged drains are a common household problem, often leaving homeowners reaching for chemical drain cleaners. However, these solutions can be harmful to your plumbing and the environment. At Parks Plumbing, we believe in tackling clogs in a way that keeps your pipes and the planet safe. Here’s our guide to unclogging your drains without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Boiling Water – The Simplest Solution

Sometimes, a simple pot of boiling water can do the trick, especially if grease buildup is causing the clog. The heat can melt away the grease that’s sticking to your pipes. Just pour the water slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work its magic in between each pour.

Baking Soda and Vinegar – The Dynamic Duo

The combination of baking soda and vinegar has long been a go-to, eco-friendly cleaning solution. Here’s how to use them for unclogging your drain:

  1. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  2. Follow with half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of hot water and pour it down the drain.
  4. Cover the drain with a plug if available and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Flush once more with a pot of boiling water.


Manual Removal – Get Hands-On

If the clog is close to the surface, you can often remove it by hand:

  1. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  2. Remove any stoppers or drain covers.
  3. Use a flashlight to look for any obvious clogs and remove them with your fingers or a tool like pliers.


Plunging – The Classic Method

A plunger can exert the necessary pressure to dislodge a clog:

  1. Fill the sink partially with water to cover the head of the plunger.
  2. Place the plunger over the drain to create a seal and plunge vigorously several times.
  3. If the water rushes out, you’ve likely cleared the clog.

Plumbing Snake – Probing Deeper

A plumbing snake, also known as a drain auger, physically breaks through the clog:

  1. Push the end of the snake into the drain and turn the handle to extend the coil.
  2. Keep pushing until you feel resistance, then twist it to get through the clog.
  3. Once you’ve penetrated the blockage, pull out the snake, and flush the drain with warm water.


Dish Soap and Hot Water – Grease Fighter

For greasy clogs, liquid dish soap can help:

  1. Pour half a cup of dish soap into the drain.
  2. Follow up with a pot of boiling water and wait a few minutes.
  3. The dish soap can help break down grease, allowing it to be flushed away.


Maintenance Tips – Prevention is Key

Regular maintenance is the best way to avoid clogs:

– Use drain strainers to catch hair and food scraps.

– Regularly flush drains with boiling water or a baking soda and vinegar mixture.

– Avoid disposing of grease and oil down your kitchen sink.

At Parks Plumbing, we endorse these safe and effective methods to keep your pipes free from clogs. If you’ve tried the above and still face issues or prefer a professional touch, call us at 647-503-0276. Our plumbing repair service, including emergency repairs, is available in Four Parks and Scarborough area, ensuring we meet all your plumbing needs promptly and efficiently. Let us help you maintain a healthy drainage system with our 100% satisfaction-guaranteed services.