Cleaning your drains may not be on your list of weekly, monthly, or even yearly chores, but it should be. Think about the things that go into your drains. All of those items can build up around your sewer pipes and can eventually cause clogs, leaving you with a big mess and possibly a big price tag for the repairs. Being proactive and cleaning these drains out yourself can prevent a disaster you may not be prepared for. See below for some natural cleaning methods using household ingredients you may have already.
Sprinkle baking soda into your drain liberally, and follow it up with white vinegar, being sure to pour it around the edges of the drain. You'll hear it begin to bubble, which means it's working. Place a towel over the drain for about 10-15 minutes, then remove the towel. Turn the water on to hot to allow it to help remove any leftover built-up gunk.
You'll have a much more noticeably clean drain. To help get rid of any smells, you can add some drops of lemon juice into the mixture as well. This cleaning method works best in kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as bathtub/shower drains.
Pour a few drops of dish soap into a clogged toilet followed up by about 4 cups of hot water. Allow the dish soap to help break up the clog, then attempt to flush the toilet. This is a good method if you don't have a plunger. If you have a plunger, be sure to plunge the toilet by pushing the opening of the plunger over the drain hole. Pump up and down on the plunger to get plenty of suction.
The water will go down once the drain has cleared. For deeper clogs, you may need to use a snake to clean out the drain or rent a rooting snake. If you're having problems clearing out your toilet drain due to roots, you may want to contact a professional for help.
Add drain cleaning to your list of cleaning chores to prevent a sewer backup or other disaster in your home, which may be costly. Contact a professional, like Holmes Sewer And Drain, if the above methods don't work. You may need to have your drains cleared for you if you notice any signs such as water draining slowly from sinks/tubs, or water bubbling in your toilet after flushing.