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Chemical drain cleaners are dangerous to use, highly poisonous, and so caustic that they can cause skin burns. Even worse, they're not always effective, leaving you with a sink full of toxic chemical water that's stopped up by the same clog you started with. By contrast, a homemade drain cleaner can be perfectly safe, not to mention perfectly inexpensive. To be clear, a homemade cleaner is not more effective than a commercial cleaner, but if neither is going to work, wouldn't you rather have a sink full of a harmless cleaner than a toxic one?

And the fact is, you don't always need the strength of a chemical drain cleaner. A slow drain often can be cleared with boiling water and a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. If you've ever made a model volcano erupt with this household concoction, you have an idea of why it works on drains. Baking soda (a base substance called sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (a mild acetic acid) react together to create a fizzy, bubbly action that releases carbon dioxide. 

Clearing Clogs With a Homemade Drain Cleaner

  1. Pour a small panful of boiling water into the drain.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the drain.
  4. Cover the drain with a stopper, if available.
    The baking soda and vinegar will fizz and bubble a lot; covering the drain forces 
    the reaction downward instead of up and out of the drain, but it's not 
    critical that you cover the drain.
  5. Wait 10 minutes.    
  6. Pour another pot of boiling water into the drain.  
  7. Flush the drain with hot water from the tap to help remove      
    any remaining debris from the drain pipe.

If this remedy doesn't clear the clog, it's time to consider disassembling the drain trap, if possible and snaking the drain with a drain snake. Place a bucket under the trap before removing it, to catch water (and crud). The nice thing is you don't have to worry about nasty chemicals pouring out along with the water.

Courteous Plumbers Offer Quality Plumbing Repair Services

To avoid disastrous sewer problems, GAC Plumbing provides plumbing maintenance, cleaning, and complimentary inspections. Don’t call someone who will needlessly damage your Home! Call us for plumbing experts who will provide friendly, courteous and cost-effective services. We are available 24/7 to address all of your plumbing emergencies..

Drain Cleaning and sewer line repair is a phone call away! 

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