Drain Cleaning Tips
Posted on: November 13, 2015
No matter what, it is almost a guarantee that your Palm Harbor home’s plumbing system will experience some kind of blockage at one point or another. When it comes to drain cleaning, some techniques will help to clear the stoppage, while others will just cause more damage. Knowing the basic steps required to clear a blocked drain is vital knowledge every homeowner should have.
However, it is important to note that if you are unable to clear the blockage after the third try, you should call a plumber; otherwise, you will end up doing more harm than good.
How to Clear a Blockage
Luckily, there aren’t too many tools required for a basic drain cleaning; you should be able to get the job done with some household products, a plunger, drain snake, or even a metal wire hanger. If you are going to rent a more complicated machine from a Palm Harbor home improvement store, make sure to get detailed operating instructions.
For a smaller blockage that is still slightly draining, some baking soda and vinegar will do the trick. First, you want to pour some boiling water down the sink or tub, immediately followed by the baking soda. Let that sit for about 5 minutes for it to absorb into the blockage, and then pour a mixture of vinegar and boiling water down. You should see it start to fizz, and after about 20 minutes, you can pour one more cup of boiling water down to hopefully flush out the problem. When it comes to drain cleaning, it is best to always use natural products, since the chemicals found in store-bought solutions can be extremely corrosive on your Palm Harbor home’s pipes.
Even if that technique does not work 100%, it may be enough to loosen it up, so you can start with the plunger or drain snake to see if you can clear the stoppage.
Call Midway for Drain Cleaning Today
Instead of waiting until your bathtub or sinks start to overflow, call Midway Services of Palm Harbor today for drain cleaning to ensure your pipes are as clean as possible. We always make sure to use the most environmentally friendly products and will never use anything that can damage your plumbing system. For more information on our plumbing services, call us today!