Drain Cleaning Services in St. Louis

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On August, 05, 2016

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You may have a constant problem with a sink drain that clogs; it could be toothpaste in a bathroom sink drain, or a stubborn kitchen sink clog due to grease or some other reason. But you might not need a powerful industrial chemical in order to clean your drain. There are some non-toxic methods you can use to help your sink operate as smoothly as it should. Many people are convinced that only the most potent arsenal of chemicals can unclog a drain, so most of us turn to dangerous substances, such as lye or acid, that can harm wastewater streams and even PVC piping. One gentle approach is using everyday household ingredients rather than burning a hole through the clog. Health food stores carry bacteria-based enzyme cleaners that can be very effective while not harming everything with which it comes into contact. Anytime you have a clog it is normally recommended that you try to remove it with a plunger. You can also try to use an electric plumber’s snake, but you are normally better off letting a professional try this method because it can cause an injury to an inexperienced user.

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Here are some other methods of unclogging drains you can use that will not harm the environment or your pipes.

Baking soda: If has not yet backed up in the drain, try pouring in one cup of baking soda followed by three cups of boiling water. The water will make the soda more alkaline. Try this a few times until the drain is clear.

Washing soda: If water is not going down your drain, pour a cup of washing soda over the drain area and let it sit for a while so it can work down the clog. When the clog loosens, use the baking soda method. However, do not use washing soda if you have already poured a commercial acid drain cleaner, because they will strongly react to each other. Also, do not use washing soda if you have PVC piping because it can damage the plastic.

Vinegar and baking soda: When used together, baking soda and vinegar react with each other to cause fizzing and bubbles. This can often be used to unclog a drain. Use the baking soda/boiling water formula above, but add a cup of vinegar as well.

If you need a plumber or heating repair contractor in the St. Louis area, call Rivers Plumbing Heating & Cooling at 636-978-1482, or fill out our online request form.


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