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How Do You Unclog A Drain Naturally?

November 21, 2023 | Blog

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A clogged drain is a hassle no homeowner wants to have to deal with. For many people, their first instinct is to use chemical drain cleaners to clear the blockage. But think again! While they may be useful, these cleaners can cause serious damage to your pipes. Why solve one problem by creating another problem?

When you need reliable Boerne plumbing services, you can turn to KCA Services! With 50 years of experience, we’re more than prepared to provide a proper drain cleaning for your home. But when it comes to clogs you handle on your own, there are plenty of natural techniques you can use. Rather than reaching for the chemicals, consider natural drain clearing!

The Dangers Of Chemical Cleaners

Using chemical drain cleaners is an easy way to wreck your piping system. Despite their popular usage, they can have lasting side effects that will cost you in more ways than one. Here are some of the ways in which these chemicals can work against you:

  • Chemical drain cleaners, being corrosive, can damage your pipes. Pipes of plastic or galvanized steel are especially vulnerable.
  • Contact with or inhalation of these chemicals poses health risks.
  • They can contaminate natural water sources.
  • Residual chemicals can remain in your pipes and cause more problems later on.
  • Pipe repairs and replacements will cause unnecessary costs.

These chemical cleaners will burden you with needless stress and financial costs. If you want the task done safely and cheaply, natural drain cleaners are the clear choice.

Natural Methods For Fixing A Clogged Drain

You can apply these techniques to get rid of minor clogs without the use of chemicals. Natural cleaners are not only less costly, they’re safer for you, your pipes and the environment. Regular usage of these methods will keep your drains both clean and healthy.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to rely on just one technique. It can often be beneficial to use several natural cleaners to ensure the job gets done right. You can of course rely on KCA Services to provide the best clean possible!

Method 1: Boiling Water

The good thing about boiling water is how accessible it is, so it can be quite easy to start drain cleaning naturally. It can help loosen and remove debris and grease. Hot water melts and dissolves substances that cause blockages. Because of how safe and easy-to-use boiling water is, you can apply it consistently for the best results. Try this:

  • Boil a kettle or large pot of water.
  • Slowly pour the hot water down the drain.
  • Afterward, you can run tap water to see if there’s a change in the drain.

Take note: this method is not recommended if your plumbing is PVC or has PVC connections or elbows. Boiling water can melt the adhesive between joints and can warp PVC.

Method 2: Baking Soda And Vinegar

There’s a reason so many people use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning drains. This method produces a chemical reaction perfect for removing grease and grime. Try this:

  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar down the drain.
  • Let the chemicals sit until they stop foaming.
  • Flush the drain with hot tap water to remove the debris.

Don’t be alarmed by it being a “chemical reaction,” as this combination won’t hurt your pipes like some other chemicals. You can use them with a clear conscience!

Method 3: Physical Drain Cleaning

For a more hands-on approach, you can use common tools to try and remove the clog by force. The tool to use largely depends on what kind of drain you’re tackling.

For small drains like showers or sinks, you might want to use a hand auger. For larger clogs like those in toilets, consider a plunger. If your tool isn’t appropriate, you won’t get the suction needed to clear the clog!

Drain Clearing With KCA Services

If you need your troubles unclogged, give KCA Services a call! We’re always prepared to provide repairs and cleaning for your plumbing system, including those bothersome drain clogs. Rather than letting your plumbing woes get backed up, let KCA Services help you out. Contact our professionals in Boerne to get the best services available!

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