DIY Drain Cleaning

When you have a simple clogged drain, it may be second nature for you to call plumbers in Phoenix or to pour some liquid plumber down the pipe and wait for the chemicals to clear it out. It is, however, possible (and environmentally sound) to use an alternative method to easily de-plug your drains. Here is how to do a natural plumbing repair on your home’s plumbing system!

How it works

Baking soda mixed with vinegar are all you need for a home plumbing repair. It’s true; the ingredients you used to make 6th grade science project volcano erupt are exactly what you’ll be using in this DIY plumbing escapade. Vinegar by itself helps break down soap residue, mold, and other scum. The baking soda reacts with it to create pressure in the drain and force the gunk out.

You will need

  • About 1 cup of baking soda
  • About ½ cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 30 minutes of time

The Process

  • Start by pouring the baking soda down the drain
  • Chase it with the vinegar
  • Cover the drain with a plug of some sort. This will keep the pressure from escaping the drain and help the gunk be on its way!
  • Wait about 30 minutes and remove the plug
  • Run warm water down the drain to clear the remaining clog out
  • Repeat if necessary

While this formula is fast and easy, it is not foolproof. For really pesky drain clogs, it may be time to step aside and call plumbers in Phoenix. A professional can find the root of the problem in your home’s plumbing network and save you time and effort.

For more DIY articles and plumbing tips, check out our blog! If unclogging your drain on your own just isn’t working, get in touch with one of our local plumbers at Chas Roberts today!

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