Drano vs. Plumbing Company

Posted on: June 30, 2014

When you have a clogged sink or drain, it can be tempting to go buy a clog removing chemical instead of calling a professional plumbing company in Clearwater. Many people think that this will save them time and money, however, this can cause serious damage to your pipes and possibly even endanger your family. These clog removal chemicals have noxious fumes, are very harmful to the environment, and are dangerous to people.

Instead of using toxic chemicals, you can try to loosen the clog with some homemade remedies that will be safe and just as effective. If they don’t work though, your next step should be to call a plumbing company.

Some natural, eco-friendly ways to unclog your pipes are:

  • If you have metal pipes, boil a pot of water and slowly pour it down the drain. This will loosen less severe clogs, and will not cause any harm.
  • Remember the volcanoes you made in science class with baking soda and vinegar? This combination will also break up stoppages. First, pour dry baking soda into the drain, then the vinegar. Cover the drain completely, so the concoction stays in the drain and off of your floors. After about 30 minutes, you can pour boiling water down the drain to flush everything down and out.
  • If you don’t have anything covering your shower drain to catch hair, it can easily get blocked. Try unbending a wire hanger and fishing out the stoppage this way. Once this is finished, be sure to install a net to catch hair from now on.

After you have tried the above methods, if you still have a stoppage, call a Clearwater plumbing company before going out and buying a chemical drain cleaner. You want your home’s pipes to last as long as possible and chemical cleaners will only cause corrosion. Remember that these methods are only a temporary fix and that you should take steps to avoid clogs in the future; installing a shower strainer in the shower and thoroughly flushing water down the garbage disposal after use are two easy ways to do this.

If your sink or shower is quickly filling up with water, due to a blockage or slow draining, Midway Services can help you. As a Clearwater plumbing company, we can safely remove any clog, and help you make sure it doesn’t happen again. For more information, call us today.


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