How to Clear a Clogged Drain Without Toxic Chemicals

Call Armstrong plumbers for a clogged drain

When water doesn’t run through a drain, it is because debris is clogging your pipes.  Remember, all of your pipes in your house are connected; therefore just because the water doesn’t run in the kitchen doesn’t mean the blockage is in the kitchen.  The clog could be anywhere.  It could be only a few feet down from the sink or it could be outside the house in the sewer system.  Here are a few tips to help you with your clogged drain.

First, you must identify the blocked or clogged drain:

  • Identify what’s wrong: if the water in your toilet or bath is not draining properly, it is likely a clogged drain.
  • Stop using the drain: it may seem obvious, but do not empty any more water into the drain!  This only makes it more difficult to resolve.
  • Use Safety precautions: do not use harsh chemicals (such as liquid drain cleaner), and wear protective clothing (gloves, goggles, etc.).

How to unblock a drain:

Here is a simple and natural method to clear a slow-draining bathroom or kitchen sink using ordinary vinegar and a plunger:

  • Pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda followed by 1/4 cup of white vinegar down the drain and let it stand for about 20 minutes.  The foaming action will help clear the pipes.
  • Flush the drain with hot water.  Freshly boiled water works best.
  • Use a plunger to agitate the clogged material.  It may be necessary to block the sink overflow to help create suction.
  • Flush the drain again with hot water.
  • Allow water to drain.
  • Repeat the steps until the drain becomes clear.

It Might Be Time to Call a Plumber at Armstrong

Unclogging a drain can be a DIY project if caught early, but if you have a persistent problem, it may require a snake or an auger.  A plumbing snake, normally known as an auger is a bendable cable with a coiled spring on the tip.  This strong bendable wire is attached to a handle which spins clockwise.  The wire is put into the blocked drain while turning the handle in a clockwise manner. Sometimes a plumber may be required to help with this process. Then it’s time to give Armstrong a call

Look for a Reputable Plumbing Company that Offers Complete Drain & Sewer Cleaning Services

These services should include:

  • Same day drain and sewer cleaning
  • Video inspection of drain and sewer lines
  • Bathroom sink and tub drains
  • Clogged toilets
  • Kitchen sink drains
  • Garbage disposals
  • Slow drains/standing water
  • Main sewer line cleaning
  • Broken or frozen pipes or drains
  • Repair or reconstruction
  • Upfront pricing
  • 24/7 emergency plumbing service

Armstrong Recommends the Environmentally Green Drain Cleaning Product: Bio-Clean

Armstrong plumbers use and recommend Bio-Clean® drain cleaning products.  Bio-Clean® is a blend of bacteria and enzymes.  The bacteria are natural, not genetically-engineered.  The enzyme concentration is the most powerful on the market.

Preventing Future Blockages

  • Monitor your drains–check your drains regularly to keep minor blockages from getting worse.
  • Dispose of waste correctly–never flush face wipes or feminine products; these are likely to block your drains.
  • Keep drains clear of plants and fibrous matter–drains guards can help prevent matter from falling into the drain and causing blockages.
  • Rinse dishes before loading your dishwasher–any excess food can build up and cause a blockage.

Call the Plumbers at Armstrong

Armstrong plumbers are highly trained and experienced with servicing all major plumbing issues. Give us a call today if your clogged pipes or drains persist. We’ll be able to diagnose and repair your clog in no time.