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How To Safely Clean Your Drains

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Steer Clear Of Harmful Chemicals – Try These DIY Drain Cleaning Tips

Let’s dive into the world of drain cleaning. If you’ve ever dealt with a slow-draining sink or the unsettling sounds of a clogged drain, you know it can be a real headache. But fear not! The team at Matt’s is here to share four safe, effective, and chemical-free methods to safely clean your drains in your Tampa, FL home. Read on to learn how you can tackle those pesky blockages before calling in the professionals.

Bubble, Bubble, Boil That Trouble

Let’s kick things off with an easy fix. Sometimes, all a stubborn clog needs is a good flush of boiling water. This method is particularly effective if the blockage is due to soap scum or grease. Just boil a large pot of water and pour it directly down the drain in stages, allowing the hot water to work its magic between pours. It’s a simple, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solution that often yields impressive results!

It’s Not Just For Science Projects

Got a stubborn clog? This method is reminiscent of the classic science fair volcano, but for your pipes. First, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Next, add about half a cup of baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Follow up with a mixture of one cup vinegar and one cup very hot water. Cover the drain with a plug or small plate to keep the reaction contained, helping to dissolve the gunk in your pipes. After about 10 minutes, flush the drain with another pot of boiling water to clear away the loosened debris. This method is not only effective but also a bit of fun!

Take The DIY Plunge

Many people forget that a plunger can work wonders on sinks too! For this method, use a flat-bottomed plunger. Fill the sink partially with water, then form a tight seal over the drain with your plunger. Vigorous plunging can create enough suction to dislodge many types of clogs. It’s a great physical method that offers instant gratification when you hear the water rushing down the drain!

Snake, Rattle & Roll

When faced with a particularly stubborn clog, a plumbing snake (or drain auger) is your best bet. This tool can reach deep into the pipes to physically remove or break apart blockages. Insert the snake into the drain and turn the handle to extend the flexible cable into the pipes until you encounter resistance. Rotate it to snag the clog, then either pull it out or break it up so it can wash away. It’s a bit more hands-on but highly effective!

Why Chemical Drain Cleaners Are A No-Go

While it might be tempting to use a chemical cleaner, we strongly advise against it. Products like Drano are not only harmful to the environment but can also corrode your pipes over time, leading to more significant problems (and repair costs) in the future.

Still Stuck? Give Matt’s A Call

Equipped with these four DIY solutions, you’re now ready to tackle most clogs without resorting to harsh chemicals. However, if you encounter a particularly stubborn blockage, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Matt’s Plumbing Services. We’re here to help you keep your home running smoothly! Contact us online or call us today at 813-269-7370 for top-notch professional drain cleaning services in Tampa, FL.

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