Having a drain back up in your home or office can be a real nuisance. Dealing with the toxic drain cleaners that emit dangerous fumes can make matters even worse. While some drain clogs will always be too tough to beat yourself, there are ways to manage mild to moderate clogs without having to resort to pouring toxins down the drain. The next time your drain clogs, give this solution a try.
What You'll Need
There are a few common household items required to perform this method. You'll need boiling hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. If you have an office drain that frequently clogs, it's a good idea to keep an emergency kit at your office with these items. You can use an electric kettle to heat water if you don't have a stovetop to boil water with.
Your very first step is to heat a pot of water until it's boiling. Very carefully, pour the water down the sink drain. Don't worry if it doesn't all go down at once; allow it the time necessary for it to slowly drain.
Once the water has mostly or completely drained, pour baking soda down the drain. Let that sit for a while. You may hear a slight bubbling or fizzing coming from the drain; this is normal. The baking soda and water mixture is starting to break down some of the oils and waste that are in your drain.
After letting the baking soda sink in, pour vinegar down the drain. Once again, you'll most likely hear fizzing. If the drain is backed up far enough, fizzing baking soda may come out of the drain. Don't panic; the baking soda expands and fizzes when introduced to water and vinegar, and if there's nowhere for it to go, it'll come up.
After letting that sit, try pouring more boiling water down the drain. If the process was successful, the water will either go down completely or more readily than before. If it's still sluggish, repeat the process until it's completely clear.
What To Do Next
If this method worked, you're all done. Keep in mind that using this solution on a regular basis can help to keep your drains from clogging shut and it may save you some time and trouble in the future.
If your drain didn't clear, it may be time to call a plumber or drain blockage clearing service. A stubborn sink clog may indicate that there's a problem further down the pipe, like in the sewage line leading away from your home or office. In this case, only a plumber can help you to fix the problem.
Drain clogs are always a nuisance, but they don't mean that you have to expose yourself to toxic, stinky chemicals that can burn you. Give this method a try before using something harsh and dangerous to clear your drains.