Thanks to the Internet and blogs such as these, everyone has become a plumber offering at-home remedies for the do-it-yourselfer that thinks he can tackle those clogged drains on his or her own. However, some of those home remedies can actually cause more damage than good.
Today, we’re going to explore some of the most popular home remedies that actually create more damage than they repair.
Pouring chemicals down a clogged drain
There are a lot of popular, drug store chemicals that claim they can clear a drain with just one pour. However, these cleaners are laden with chemicals that can do more harm than gain. In fact, chemicals like the ones found in Drain-O could do more harm than good.
A Better Solution
If your sink is clogged, it’s important to try more natural home remedies before contacting Bill Fenwick Plumbing. One of the most effective, yet harmless solutions we found is pouring boiling hot water down the drain, wait a few minutes then stick a clothes hanger or long pipe in the drain to push down and break down the debris.
If you feel more confident using a cleaner, skip the Drain-O and opt for vinegar. Vinegar will help break up the gunk that’s clogging your drain. In fact, for proper maintenance, this is something you should do at least 2 to 3 times a week.
Blue toilet tank cleaner in your toilet
This is another cleaner that promises a more pleasant smell and quick cleaning for your toilet but hardly delivers. Any plumber will tell you of the dangers of these little blue devils. When you flush after using the bathroom, it ignites little jets of water that push the waste down the drain. The blue stuff in those cleaners actually clog those jets and causes your toilet to stop flushing.
A Better Solution
Keep those blue toilet cleaners out of your system and scrub your toilet once a week with toilet and plumber-approved cleaning tools like a scrub brush and bleach.