At some point in time, the kitchen or bathroom drain clogs, causing water to back up. When this happens, unpleasant, toxic odours are released. While standard practice requires people to buy and use lye-based cleaners as soon as possible, these products can do more damage to your pipes and do significant damage to your lungs. Rather than use toxic drain cleaners, use these natural alternative instead.
You will need the following:
2 cups of baking soda
4 cups of boiling water
1 cup of vinegar
How to unclog drains using the items mentioned above:
1. Take out the water from the clogged tub or sink and pour baking soda (one cup) down the drain. Be sure that all the baking soda goes down the drain.
2. Then pour some boiling water (approximately two cups) to dissolve the gunk and sludge in the drain pipe. Let a few minutes pass after doing so.
3. After a few minutes have passed, pour another cup of baking soda along with a cup of white vinegar. Make sure to plug the drain right after. You will hear sizzling and see bubbles.
4. Wait for the bubbles to die down, then pour what is left of the boiling water.
5. The entire process may have to be repeated if necessary.
Special note: You can pour some baking soda and boiling water monthly to prevent clogs from happening to your drains.
What if the drains remain clogged?
Use a plunger after doing the steps given above. The vinegar and baking soda will have, at least, loosened the clog. However, if this does not work, then look for a licensed and reputable plumber right away. Here are the steps to follow when looking for a licensed plumber:
1. Ask family and friends if they know a good plumber. If they do, then ask about their experience with that person and if they will hire him again should the need arise.
2. If you think he can work well, then get his contact number.
3. You can also use the Internet, Yellow Pages, and the local database to search for qualified plumbers in your area. Local databases can be accessed through local government websites.
Special note: Be sure to ask if he charges for time spent travelling, his average response time, rates, and if he has spare parts ready for use. It is also advised that you go to government agencies dealing with businesses to ask if the plumber you have considered hiring truly has a good reputation.