Monday, October 13, 2014

Drain Cleaning: Just Add Hot Water or Vinegar

An out-of-order sink or toilet can cause a great deal of inconvenience. Here are some "life hacks" that can help you prevent major clogs.

Hot Water
In case you do not feel confident about using chemical cleaners, hot water can be your staunchest ally. As most dishes leave oily residues, hot water can keep pushing them down, preventing the oil from latching onto the drain pipe. Having a hot water function in the kitchen sink can be really helpful in this case.

You can combine hot water with baking soda and vinegar to create a more effective one-two punch. Use vinegar's acidity to melt any organic residue in the pipes and baking soda's deodorizing ability to leave your drain smelling fresh. For vinegar, let it sit on the drain for at least 30 minutes before running hot water through it.

Vinegar Ice Cubes
Here's an interesting method for cleaning garbage disposal systems. Fill an ice tray with half vinegar and half water, let it freeze, and throw them into the drain. The water-vinegar combo will clean the grease and solids off the disposal unit. To mask the smell of vinegar, follow it up with either baking soda or lemon juice.

When all else fails, then it’s time to call a reputable plumbing company for prompt clog removal.

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