Fall is an exciting part of the year for many reasons. However, it's
also the time of year when drains become sticky with leaves and built
up debris, which has become embedded in sewer lines. As such, it's
also time for the county to begin cleaning up drains - and for you to
take steps in your home to ensure your plumbing is working properly.
It's easy to reach for that bottle of traditional drain cleaner, but
doing so is not always effective and can damage plumbing systems. The
chemicals made to break up debris, allowing it to flush through pipes,
are also abrasive on pipe linings. Any drain cleaners containing acid
or lye should never be used in a drain. Traditional cleaners are usually
harmful for humans to touch without gloves and come with warning labels.
While many cleaners may disintegrate into harmless substances back in
the environment, some do not, which means they're not worth the cost
of trying to use. Instead, there are plenty of effective and environmentally
safe ways to clean drains.
There are biodegradable products on the market for cleaning a drain, but
there are also effective solutions that can be made with basic household
products. Baking soda and vinegar is a tried and true
eco-friendly drain cleaning strategy. The foaming reaction that takes place between the vinegar and
soda reaches all the nooks and crannies in a drainpipe and provides some
stellar cleaning action. In addition, it's 100% safe for the environment.
To clean your drains with this solution, start by pouring a boiling pot
of water into the drain, and then dump in about ½ – 1 cup
of baking soda. Wait a few minutes. Add a solution of equal parts vinegar
and boiling water to the drain. Let the reaction work for several minutes,
and then rinse once more with boiling water. If you aren't a fan of
the smell of vinegar, try adding some essential oils along with the solution.
As an added benefit, once the smell of vinegar dissipates, it will have
deodorized your pipes.
There are also tools on the market that will snake down into a drain and
pull up any debris too large to be disintegrated by normal cleaning methods.
This method can be a bit hairy - quite literally. A plunger may work in
some instances, and it can also be used in addition to the vinegar and
baking soda solution. These can be found in the bathroom supplies sections
of most all-purpose stores.
For stubborn drain clogs that won't budge - or if you don't really
relish the idea of cleaning your own drains -
contact The Eco Plumbers. Sometimes the drain problem may not be in an area normal drain cleaning
solutions can reach. Septic tanks or sewer systems could be part of the
problem. A professional plumber can help discover clog problems buried
deep in plumbing systems. Not only does The Eco Plumbers work to ensure
our practices are environmentally sound, but we also know how to rid your
drains of tough clogs.