Plumbing Tips: 2 Natural & Low Cost Decloggers You Can Try

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You might not think about your drains clogging up until it happens. And you may think that the only option is to use expensive decloggers that could harm your drains. But there are other options. The following are 2 natural options that can unclog your drain without hurting your plumbing system and are affordable.

1. The Bubbly Declogger

The first solution you can try is simply using vinegar and baking soda. You should know that these options are very cheap, and you only have to use a little. This solution works for two reasons, which are:

  • Baking soda is abrasive and helps dislodge any scum or grime stuck on your pipes.
  • The mixture of baking soda and vinegar violently releases carbon dioxide or bubbles. This reaction will lift the clog or loosen it up.

Follow the steps below to try this solution:

  1. Remove excess water from your sink, tub, or toilet to clear the drain.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda down your drain.
  3. Add a cup of vinegar, and cover with a stopper until it stops fizzing.
  4. Let the water run as hot as you can to clean away any debris left behind for a few minutes.

Remember that this solution is only meant to deal with minor to mild clogs, so be sure to keep your plumber's contact information handy just in case you have a severe clog on your hands.

2. The Magic Powder

The next thing you might want to try is the ash from plants. This natural declogger is cheap and packaged in the detergent area in your home care store. You want to purchase washing soda; a solution closely related to baking soda but that has a high alkaline composition from which it draws its natural declogging magic.

The alkaline composition makes washing soda act like a solvent to several things, like scum, dirt, hair, mineral deposits, and other clog-causing particles. Be sure to use safety goggles and gloves when handling washing soda, as it can irritate your eyes or skin.

Follow the steps below to use washing soda to unclog your drain:

  1. Clear the drain of any excess water.
  2. Put 3 or 4 tablespoons of washing soda into the drain, and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour hot water down the drain to see if this did the trick.

As you can see, dealing with a clogged drain can be easy on your wallet and still be safe for your plumbing system. If neither of these solutions seem to work, however, it may be time to contact a plumbing service like Dependable Plumbing.

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