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2 Tips For Cleaning Your Drains

Unclogging a drain can be very challenging. If you own a home, there will inevitably be a time when you will have a clogged drain and need to figure out how to clean it out. In some cases the clog will be so severe that you will have to call a professional to handle the problem. However, in other cases it will be easy enough for you to do it on your own. Here are some simple ways to clean out a drain.

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

At some point in your life you have probably seen the reaction between baking soda and vinegar. The vinegar causes the baking soda to bubble and expand. It can be messy and even a little dangerous if you try doing the experiment in an enclosed area. However, it can be the best way to clean a drain. To d this, you first add boiling water to the drain. This will help to clear away any debris that can be removed will simple water. Then you can put the baking soda in the drain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Baking soda is a natural cleaning agent and will start to remove any debris that might be affecting the drains. After this you can add the vinegar. This is when it will start to bubble. You can cover the drain for this process so that the vinegar will get sent down the drain, rather than back up. After the bubbling has stopped, you can take more boiling water and send it down the drain. This will remove all the baking soda and vinegar.

2. A Piece of Wire

In some cases the pieces of debris stuck in the drain are too large to be removed with just vinegar and baking soda. Even before or after you clean with an acidic solution, you might need to manually clean out the drain. One of the best ways to do this is to take a wire hanger. You can stretch the hanger out so it is a straight line. Then at the bottom of the hanger and make a small hook at the end to help to grab things. You can do this with a piece of wire if you don't have a hanger, but it will need to be a thick and sturdy piece of wire.

If after trying these two things your drains are still clogged. You will need to hire a professional like Maryland Sewer & Plumbing Service.