A homeowner using a chemical drain cleaner.

4 Alternatives to Using a Chemical Drain Cleaner

Try these Drain Cleaning Methods Instead

When your drains get clogged, the first thing that comes to mind is probably using a chemical drain cleaner. However, there are many alternatives to using these harsh chemicals. In this blog post, Plumbing & A/C Medic will discuss four of those alternatives. We will also provide tips on how to use them effectively. Keep reading to learn more!

Plunger

The first alternative to using a chemical drain cleaner is to use a plunger. This is probably the most common way to unclog a drain. To use a plunger effectively, make sure that there is enough water in the sink or tub to cover the plunger cup. Put the plunger over the drain and push and pull the handle up and down. You should do this for about 30 seconds before taking a break. Repeat this process until the clog is gone.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

The second alternative is to use baking soda and vinegar. This method is effective for small clogs. First, mix ½ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of vinegar in a bowl. Then, pour this mixture down your drain and let it sit for about an hour. After an hour has passed, flush the drain with hot water.

Dish Soap and Hot Water

The third alternative is to use dish soap and hot water. This method is effective for grease build-up. First, pour ½ cup of dish soap down your drain. Then, add enough boiling water to cover the dish soap. Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes before flushing with hot water.

Hydro Jetting

The fourth and final alternative is hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a professional grade method of unclogging drains. A high-pressure stream of water is used to clear away any debris that may be clogging your drain. This method is safe and effective for all types of clogs.

If you have tried all of these alternatives and your drain is still clogged, it might be time to call Plumbing & A/C Medic at (602) 975-2306. Our team of experts will be able to quickly and effectively clear any clogs you have.

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