How to Clear a clogged Drain without toxic chemicals

Posted on May 14, 2013

How to Clear a Clogged Drain without toxic chemicals

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. 

First, you must identify the blocked drain:


  • Identify what’s wrong–if the water in your toilet or bath is not draining properly, it is likely a blocked 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 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.

If the problem persists, it is time to call a plumber!

Unclogging a drain can be a DIY project if caught early, but if you have a persistant 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. 

Look for a Reputable Plumbing Company that offers Complete Drain and Sewer Cleaning Services which 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 Mechanical recommends the environmentally green drain cleaning product–Bio-Clean


Armstrong Mechanical plumbers use and recommend Bio-Clean® drain cleaning product.  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.  (click here to learn more)




Preventing Future Blockages: 

  • Monitor your drains–check your drains regularly to keep minor blockages from getting worse.
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  • 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 form falling into the drain and causing blockages.
  • Rinse dishes before loading your dishwasher–any excess food can build up and cause a blockage.

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