Facing drain problem is very common. Everyone has experienced it, if not many, then at least once in their life. You start identifying the signs. Your sink takes longer than usual to drain out all the water. While you are in the shower you feel stagnant water in which your feet are covered.
The unpleasant odor which slowly spreads in the entire house becomes unbearable. And one day, boom! Your drain is completely blocked. Your house starts smelling like a gutter. People call for services and get it fixed but they forget to maintain it. Hence, they end up facing all that again and the cycle continues. You can save money by maintain a drain in following 5 ways.
1.The Bent Wire Hanger
This cost friendly method is very much helpful. Take a regular wire clothes hanger. Straighten it up and bend it from an end in such a way that a hook is made. Push it past a drain cover and starts fishing. Get as much trapped hair and other sorts of stuff and pull it up out of the drain. Once you are done with fishing out all the nasty things, run hot water to clear things up neatly.
2. Vinegar and Baking Soda
If you are unable to dig out hair and other stuff from the drain, then try this technique which is simple and easy to do. Make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda keeping their quantities equal. The moment you will add vinegar to the container containing baking soda, it will fizz. You should pour it immediately as this fizzing action will remove the gunk which has built up. Let the mixture sit for an hour or for a night to produce better results. And then flush with hot water.
3. Boiling Water
The easiest way to maintain a clean drain is to pour boiling water in it after every few days. Pour it slowly in two to three steps so that it can carry dirt with it. Allow the water to work for several seconds between each pour for effective cleaning. Doing this on regular basis will help you a lot in keeping the drain clean and unblocked.
4. Using Caustic Soda
When cleaning using caustic soda wear protective gloves and goggles. Pour 3 cups of it in a bucket containing 2 liters of cold water. Mix it properly with a wooden stick. It will start to fizz and heat up while mixing; pour it in the drain then. Leave it for half an hour and then flush it with hot water.
5. Use a Plunger
Using a plunger to clean the drain is another simple method. Clean it just like you clean your toilet with it. The build in air pressure will help in removing all the clogged material. If all else fails, the best thing to do is to call the plumber as soon as possible.
A good plumbing or drain cleaning service will guarantee you an unblocked drain, and will give you some good tips and advice for maintenance and to prevent the blockage from happening again. The most important thing is to recognise the urgency of the situation and the potential for the situation to worsen and affect other homes if not taken care of as soon as possible.
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