4 Green Approaches to Unblocking a Drain

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If you aren't a fan of using harsh chemicals to unblock a drain, try using some household items to do the trick.

You may think that using household chemicals wouldn't be half as effective as buying something that says its works off the shelf, however, read the tips below and you may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

1. Use the Plunger

Now, as simple as this step may sound, some home owners tend to overlook the simplest fixes to the biggest issues sometimes. You'll want to have your bowl containing just enough water to make a seal with the plunger. Use your plunger forcefully to create enough suction to unclog the blockage.

2. Soda and Vinegar

If the plunger step didn't work great, you can try this household solution containing 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1 gallon of boiling water. You will want to pour the entire 1/2 cup of baking soda down your drain. Follow the baking soda with the vinegar, and let it stand for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Then you will take your gallon of boiling water and dump down the drain.

The chemical reaction that the soda and vinegar make contains a fizz that grabs onto the clogs in the drain, and helps unblock your drains.

3. Use a Drain Snake Machine

If steps one and two didn't work as well as planned, you can turn to a drain snake for help. These are available at your local hardware stores.

Using a drain snake is a pretty simple thing to do. You will want to simply insert the snake into the drain, and turn the handle in order to start working it down into the drain. You will have to allow the snake to go as far into the drain as it is able, until it hits the blockage area. Then pull the drain back out, turning the handle the opposite way.

You will want to clean the end of the snake until all debris, etc. is gone. You can repeat this until the drain is completely unblocked.

4. Prevention and Treatment

Now that you have successfully unclogged your drain, you can now treat your drain every week to help in preventing this from happening again.

You will want to use another chemical solution with 1 cup baking soda, and 1 cup vinegar. You will want to take this solution and dump it down the drain about once a week. This treatment is a great idea if you don't have the time for anymore unclogging adventures.

By now your drain should be back to working like its normal self, and you didn't have to use any harsh chemicals to do so. Using these techniques instead of the chemical solutions bought off the shelf, as well as remembering the treatment described in step 4, will help in unclogging any drains safely, as well helping to prevent blockage in the future.