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Pro tips for DIY drain cleaning

To avoid plumbing disaster there are DIY ways you can clean your drain regularly.

Drains get blocked over time even if you do your best to keep foreign objects out of them. Debris, food, soap and hair can all get trapped and accumulate inside of pipes.

This build-up may start with causing the flow of water to slow down and then likely result in a full blockage. Fortunately most blockages are preventable with some common sense and maintenance.

DIY drain cleaning tips

Chemical drain cleaning. You can purchase from any supermarket or grocery store and follow the instructions on the bottle. Usually this consists of pouring it down the drain, waiting a certain amount of time and then flushing with hot water. This usually successfully clears away build ups of debris such as hair and soap, but won’t clear a full blockage.

Organic drain cleaning. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals, you can make up a DIY drain cleaning solution from ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of white vinegar. Simply pour the baking soda and then vinegar down the drain and cover for 15-30 minutes, and then flush with hot water. This is particularly effective at removing build-ups of grease.

Plungers. Plungers are common for unblocking toilets, sinks and bathtubs. Push down on the plunger over the drain slowly and pull up quickly to attempt to disturb the blockage. This is often successful if it is not a hard object causing the blockage or for deeper clogging or build-up down the drain.

Augurs. Use an augur (commonly referred to as a toilet snake). This is particularly effective if a solid item is causing the blockage or the blockage is further down the pipe but won’t remove build-up on drain walls.

Any or all of the above should successfully clean your drain and fix minor blockages. If you find yourself with a blockage that these DIY methods can’t fix AMS Plumbing are affordable, reliable, experienced plumbers who are ready to help!