Bleach & Lye - will I kill myself?


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Old 03-31-05, 11:14 AM
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Bleach & Lye - will I kill myself?

Hi:

I have a serious clog in my kitchen sink. I have a mobile home. It is only the kitchen sink that is clogged. I'm not sure what the clog is. It could be a mixture of grease and hair. I cleaned out the trap and whatever the gunk was, it was pretty solidified. Before I took apart the trap, I tried to clear the clog with bleach. Since I don't know how far down the clog is, I don't know how much bleach is still there. The drain is draining, but glacially slow. I mean REALLY slow. I have a friend who is studying to be a master plumber. He says lye might do the trick, but he's not sure whether it's safe to get it mixing with bleach. What do you think?

THanks in advance!

Loren
 
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Old 03-31-05, 11:44 AM
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I think it'd be a big mistake. Mixing chemicals like this is almost never a good idea or safe. In this case you'd probably get hydrogen gas, which is quite explosive.

Go to the store and buy some liquid drain cleaner. It's not expensive and will work better than any home-brew stuff.
 
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Old 03-31-05, 12:27 PM
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If this is grease and hair, get an enzyme product called "drain care". It is very effective at clearing these type of clogs. Available at big box stores like Home Depot.
 
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Old 03-31-05, 01:33 PM
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Hi,
Forgot to say....I already tried Rid-X, which is an enzyme based product. It didn't work.
Question: you think drain-o is a better mix w/bleach? Remember, the bleach is already there. I can't get it out.
 
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Old 04-27-08, 03:11 PM
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Bleach and Lye

Bleach and Lye are two chemicals that are commonly mixed for cleaning products. Many drain cleaners contain a mixture of the two substances.

Case in point Liquid plum'r gel - it's a thick gooey gel stuff but I believe it would do the job
 
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Old 04-27-08, 03:24 PM
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First, to help clear whats in there, try a pan of very hot water (as in almost boiling). Then go with the commercial cleaner, if thats ineffective, then call a plumber.
 
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Old 04-27-08, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45
First, to help clear whats in there, try a pan of very hot water (as in almost boiling). Then go with the commercial cleaner, if thats ineffective, then call a plumber.
why not boiling ?

I use boiling the hotter the better , first I pour dawn or some other grease cutting soap down the drain then I follow with as much boiling water as I can get

I do this every few months just to avoid the problems your having


since the drain is draining slowly I would keep water in the sink draining to dilute the bleach as much as possible before proceeding with anything
 
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Old 04-27-08, 03:53 PM
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I have been at this for 23 yrs, and no one suggested it........DO NOT USE CHEMICALS!!!!!!!!!!! The drain problem needs a rooter/auger. You can rent one or have it done by a pro. A pro would be my advice. They will be more expensive, but the job will be done and guaranteed, and no one will die from the chemicals.
 
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Old 04-27-08, 04:04 PM
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If your drain IS draining but real s l o w w w, then I would not be too worried about the bleach. fill the sink and let it drain overnight if it will.
Then if you could get a drain cleaner called "Green blaster", try that. It is by far the best drain cleaner for SLOW DRAINING sinks I have ever used. It is a crystal/powder so it will NOT work in a fully plugged drain. For this you need a professional drain acid.

Green blaster and/or drain acid may only be sold at plumbing supply houses. I an not sure.

There are also some new Eco friendly drain cleaners that seem to work pretty good. I've only used it once.

If it's a slow drain Green blaster is where its at.

What ever type you use read the instructions carefully and follow them. Some of this stuff can be very dangerous.

If your drain is plugged solid check with your plumbing specialist before purchasing, make sure they know about the bleach. The same goes if you call in a plumber.
 
 

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