Is the water in your bathtub draining slowly? Do you despise using harsh chemicals to clean your drains? Many people turn to chemical drain cleaners for stubborn kitchen and bathroom blockages. While this may be a temporary solution for unclogging a drain, utilizing chemical drain cleaners causes more issues than it solves!
Clearing a small blockage in your drain with a chemical strong enough to cause damage to your skin and eyes is not worth it, nor is the damage to the environment, so try these more eco-friendly ways to unclog bathtub drains:
Wire Hanger Or Plunger
These are the most common and practical techniques homeowners use to clear a clogged drain.
You should begin by removing as much water from the drain as possible with a bucket. The next step is to position the plunger over the drain’s entrance. To use the plunger, carefully push it up and down a few times before abruptly pulling it up. The use of this method will aid in unclogging the drain.
If it doesn’t work, try using a straightened wire hanger to unclog the drain. Break up a wire coat hanger and violently drop the pieces down the drain; this should assist loosen the blockage. Keep working the hanger in and out until the blockage is loosened apart.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
White vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base. These two compounds react chemically to bubble and eat through blockages.
Use chemistry to unclog a drain. Firstly clean the drain hole. Next is to drain 3/4 cup baking soda. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain and cover it. Thirty minutes later, boil water, unplug the drain, and pour hot water in gently.
Dishwashing Liquid With Hot Water
First, remove as much water from the bathtub as possible to prevent a major mess. Using dish detergent and hot water to unclog your sluggish drain is another effective natural method.
This procedure will be helpful if the clog is due to grease or soap scum. Pour a substantial amount of soap down the clogged drain. Then, pour boiling water from a pot or kettle down the drain. This should clear your drain of any oily obstructions.
Combine one cup of peroxide and one spoonful of baking soda. Pour this solution down the drain and let it bubble.
This should aid in removing the clog and clearing the drain.
NOTE: When employing any of these natural approaches, it is essential to observe standard safety measures. Wear rubber gloves at all times to protect your hands. Use oven mitts or potholders when working with hot water to prevent burning your hands. Keep your face back when pouring hot water down a drain to prevent steam burns.
Now that you’ve removed whatever was obstructing your drain; the water should be flowing freely. But how can you prevent it from being blocked once more? We recommend seeking expert assistance or reaching us at New Flow Plumbing. We will remove all your debris and clogs, so you don’t have to clean your bathtub drain as often.