Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg is a premier plumbing company that offers Houston drain cleaning services. As a homeowner, stubborn stopped up drains are just a fact of life. Eventually we will all experience a stopped up drain that require the professional services of a Houston drain cleaning company to unclog it. But, for the most part, a majority of clogged drains can be taken care of without the need of a professional. It also helps to follow some simple guidelines we will list below to assist in preventing clogged drains.
If you however find yourself with a clogged drain then here are a couple of tips you can try to remove the clog yourself without having to result to contacting a Houston drain cleaning company.
- Use a combination of vinegar, baking soda and hot water to help unclog a drain. This concoction can remove small clogs but it also doubles up as a measure that can be used to help prevent future clogs. The concoction will also eliminate odors caused by the buildup of bacteria, oils and organic compounds. You will pour ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with ½ a cup of vinegar. You will want to cover or plug the drain as soon as you pour the vinegar in and let the mixture sit for around 10 to 15 minutes. While the mixture does its magic, boil some water and then after the time is up pour the hot water down the drain.
- You can use a plunger to help clear out the clog. Plungers do a pretty good job at unclogging toilets, but they also work out quite well in removing minor clogs from sinks and bathtubs. You will need to fill up the sink or bathtub with just enough water so that it covers the clogged drain and enough of the plunger for it to get a good suction. Make sure that the plunger is aligned to the drain and firmly press down over the drain in order to create a tight seal. Give it multiple quick strong pumps to try and force the clog loose. If neither of these methods works you will need to contact a Houston drain cleaning company to assist you.
- If you have a double bowl sink, you will need to close one of the drains with a plug or a washcloth before using the plunger.
- Do not use the same plunger you use in your bathroom. Purchase a separate plunger if you do not have one you can use for the sink.
Tips for Preventing Future Clogged Drains
As discussed above you can use the concoction of baking soda, vinegar and hot water routinely in your sinks to help prevent future clogged drains. Below we will go over multiple other methods that you can use to help assist in keeping your drains clean from residue, bacteria and biological compounds to assist in preventing needing to contact a Houston drain cleaning company.
Regular preventative care treatments will assist in keeping drains from smelling bad, get rid of harmful bacteria and mold, as well as reducing the risk of future clogs. Biological or enzymatic drain cleaners, like Citra-Drain or Zep, are great cleaners that are fairly safe and environmentally friendly. They are also safe to use for homeowners who have septic systems.
You can also follows these tips below to prevent clogged drains and reduce your risk in having to contact a professional Houston drain cleaning company to resolve the clogged drain for you.
Cooking Oils – Never dump used cooking coil down your drain. You can store the oil in a metal can or let it cool and then pour it in a disposable plastic bottle and then throw it out with your regular trash. If you are a business that deals with excessive amounts of oil you can look into reselling the oil to companies that recycle it for biodiesel fuel.
Sinks & Showers – If you have a drain without a trap, consider purchasing a drain with a trap and installing them in your sinks and showers. Traps will catch large particles and more importantly hair that would otherwise go into your pipes and will mix with soap scum and eventually create a fairly tough clog that may require a professional Houston drain cleaning company to unclog for you.
Kitchen Sinks – Never toss left over food in your sink, for this is a sure fire method that can eventually cause a stubborn clog that require a professional Houston drain cleaning company. If you have a garbage disposal make sure all left over food is scraped off and ground up in the garbage disposal. If you do not have a garbage disposal then you can scrape left over food into a bowl and either bag it and toss it in the trash, leave it outside for stray animals, or compost your left overs to make fertilizer for your plants.