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Bad News for Drain Cleaners

When you drain clean, the simplest solution might seem like it’s to grab that bottle of thick chemical-filled liquid. That might be a solution, but you also might as well just throw your money down that clogged drain. Drain cleaning chemicals are horrible for your drain, despite what the bottles say. Secondly, they don’t work. Nothing is done to get rid of whatever is clogging the sink and you are simply relying on chemicals eating whatever has clogged your drain. The chemicals in drain cleaner creates heat that eats at the clog and, because drain cleaners aren’t smart, it eats at your pipes too. More yet, in the event it bursts your pipe, the liquid is very toxic for human skin, making cleaning up that mess more of a hassle than the clog in the first place. Bright Plumbing and Heating is looking to end the usage of harmful drain cleaners.

Debunked ‘Baking Soda and Vinegar’

A common solution to a clogged drain is some good ol’ baking and vinegar followed by hot water. Sorry to disappoint, but the only part of this that works is hot water. Baking soda and vinegar does nothing to break down fats, hair and all the other gross things in your drain. This is because baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid and their reaction together creates water with salt, not some sort of magical drain cleaner. The part that works is simply pouring hot water down the sink, so stick to that instead of wasting your baking soda and vinegar.

Can I Fix a Drain from Home?

The short answer: maybe. When you first notice your drain is clogged, start by pouring near-boiling water and see if that works. Hot water will melt any fats and things that could be clogging your drain. If that doesn’t work, try plunging. Take out the drain stopper and then plunge the sink, if it becomes unclogged, plunging will become significantly easier. If these don’t work, you probably have a big clog, or not a clog at all– it could be a broken pipe. Either way if hot water and a plunger don’t work, you are better off calling a plumber than risking harm to your pipes. Contact Bright Plumbing and Heating for all of your emergency plumbing needs!