A clogged bathroom drain is often a terrible household problem. More often than not, bathroom drains get clogged with too much hair. This is a problem for many home owners because it is usually accompanied with the unintended effect of pooling water. Standing water is a big plumbing issue. Be it as it may, we cannot ignore it because we step it in whenever we attempt a morning or afternoon shower.
This water is often disgusting, and it usually comes with health concerns when water pools for so long. Over time, bacteria begin to grow; mosquitoes also use it as a breeding ground, and it might even smell as it collects all your soap and shampoo residue. You can solve this using a chemical drain cleaner, but we understand many people are not comfortable with pouring random chemicals into their drains.
While using chemical drain cleaners might help to unclog your drain problem, there is also a risk of harming your plumbing pipes when using this method.
We recommend you call a professional if the clog persists, as continually trying to fix a clog might cause a bigger clog or permanent damage to your residential piping. So, our method is simple; it is broken down into steps, and it uses everyday items like vinegar, hot water, and baking soda. This is similar to an old elementary school experiment, and you might even find yourself having fun in the process.
Items needed to make a DIY home remedy drain cleaner
• Kettle of boiled water – about 3 cups
• Half a cup of baking soda
• One cup of vinegar
What you should do
First thing’s first, make sure you have your bathroom drained before you start. Use cups or buckets to remove the standing water from your tub and then proceed to the subsequent steps to relieving your bathroom clog.
After you have everything prepared, take the following steps to resolve your clog.
1. Pour 1 cup of water down your drain
2. Put the half cup of baking soda in the drain
3. Mix in the vinegar with your second prepared cup of water
4. Pour in the vinegar/water mixture down the drain with the added baking soda – things will begin to bubble/fizz; this is good, it means things are working!
5. Cover the drain to allow the chemistry to take place between the vinegar and the baking soda
6. Set the timer for 10 minutes to allow the formula to take care of your clog
7. Pour another cup of boiled water down your drain to flush out the remaining clog
Additional steps to fixing a clogged bathroom drain
After you have followed the above steps, you can now check up on your drain. Run water and see if water is still pooling in your bathtub. If this treatment worked, then congratulations! You did a great job in fixing your drain, and this method can be reapplied to your kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and any other fixture that uses a drain.
Why you should not resort to using bleach to unclog your bathroom drain.
We do not suggest pouring bleach down your drain as it will kill both good and bad bacteria. Pouring bleach down your pipe is also bad for the piping as it wears the pipe away over time, making it weaker and reducing it’s life span. Instead, you should look for more natural based drain cleaners to fix your clogs. Enzyme-based drain cleaners work well too.
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