4 Useful Non-toxic Drain Cleaning Methods
Cleaning methods are often done on a do-it-yourself basis by most of us. There are countless DIY cleaning methods to help homeowners in the task of cleaning the drains and other sewage fixtures. So, the problem is not how but whether or not the chosen method is effective and safe for the fixtures. There are, however, numerous ways on how to maintain the drainage and sewage pipes.
One of the most common cleaning tool used by homeowners is chemical cleaners. Although, at best times the chemicals can be quite effective, these actually cause more damage. Also, left-over chemicals from the treatment can harden and stay in the pipes. As a result, the chemicals can cause health issues to the residents.
To lessen the risks further, here are 4 useful non-toxic methods to go about cleaning a sewage drain:
Using plungers to get rid of drain and sewage blockage is perhaps one of the most traditional yet effective methods that a homeowner can turn to. In fact, plunger usage is a default procedure in an event of a blocked drain or pipe. The plunger works by compressing pressure into the blocked pipe or toilet syphon to push the blockage further into the sewage pipe until it can flow freely down to the septic tank.
A Drain Snake
A snake drain works almost the same way as the plunger, only that this tool has far more coverage than the former. The tool comes equipped with a long flexible rod-like head that enables us to push it further into the syphon. The opposite tip of the snake rod acts as the handle so that while the rod is down the pipe, the user can still have some control over the equipment.
Remember that although the drain snake is made of steel, the cable can break given that the pressure is too much to bear. If this happens, the strain on the cable can cause it to whip back towards the user and can cause injury. Also, too much pressure on the equipment can tear apart the plumbing. If you have never used a plumbing snake before, do not hesitate to call a certified plumber in the area.
Homemade Drain Cleaners
There are options that function roughly the same way as chemical cleaners with lesser harm.
A. Baking Soda Mixture
Make a concoction of 1 cup of salt, ¼ cup of cream of tartar, and 1 cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture gradually until a total of 2 cups is down the drain. Leave the mixture for at least a minute and a half then pour hot water over the area. Wait for 2 minutes before repeating the process. The hot water reacts with the chemical in the mixture allowing disintegration of grease and grime substances.
B. Washing Soda Cleaner
Another option is to pour washing soda over the area. Soda has more alkaline solution securing a better result than the former method. However, be mindful to never use the washing soda right after using a commercial chemical cleaner. The combination will create a chemical reaction damaging the pipes and drainage fixtures.
If after all the attempt of treating the pipes and the problem has not been resolved yet; a much more drastic action needs to take place. Proceed to remove the pipe from under your sink. You will find this process rather straight forward and a breeze. After removing the blocked area, flush it thoroughly with water. Use a water jet if necessary to make sure that by the time you attach the pipe back, it is clean as new. If you cannot clean the pipe properly, perhaps it is time that the junction is replaced with a new one.