There are some easy steps in cleaning your drain instead of calling a professional. First. lets balance the cost: It would cost you around $750.00 to $1,500.00 for simply cleaning your drain. (your bathroom or toilet, or even kitchen sink)
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You buying the tools to do this chore; and the time to do it; may cost you less than $200.00 !!! cleaning your drain? PRICELESS!! Also, to think that you will never have to pay for cleaning your drain anymore in the future or making a profession out of this experience? WOW! Listed below are tools you may need for cleaning your drain. Click on icon for prices or to purchase items.
One of many easy steps in cleaning your drain is to use baking soda, with a little vinegar and hot water chaser. Vinegar and baking soda in general make great, inexpensive cleaning products that can be used almost anywhere around your home. For cleaning your drain, simply pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so and then pour hot tap water down the drain to help flush away debris. You might need to try this a couple times if your drain is stubbornly clogged.
Plungers do a great job of cleaning your drain. Contrary to popular belief, they work their magic by pulling the offending item(s) out of your drain, not by pushing them farther in. Just make sure you have a tight seal around the drain opening with the plunger so you can get the suction you need.
8 Things You Should Never Flush- (easy steps to avoid cleaning your drain)
Yes, people really do try to flush diapers down the toilet, and it’s more common than you might think. Diapers will clog a toilet in a heartbeat, or an outgoing line,thus making it extremely difficult in cleaning your drain. They should always go in the trash.
2. Tampons and Sanitary Napkins
Some experts claim that flushing tampons and sanitary napkins causes the majority of household clogs. The reason is because cotton snags easily, and if your home’s plumbing pipes have any cracks or root infiltration, the cotton can quickly get caught in the line. After a few flushes, buildup can occur and you’ll have a clog on your hands. This gets expensive in cleaning your drain, especially if the clog occurs in the line from your house to the main city line.
Another reason why you should never flush tampons or sanitary napkins is because cotton doesn’t easily break down in water. This could cause some serious problems over time, especially if you’re using a septic system.
Plus, the waste water treatment facility has to remove these items as “solid waste” and tote them to the landfill. These items should go in the trash.
3. Cigarette Butts
This is another item that’s commonly flushed, but won’t ever break down. Trash please!
This is another non-biodegradable item that can quickly lead to clogs if you’re not careful. Like cotton, floss will easily snag on rough pipes.
5. Large Wipes
Baby wipes, paper towels, face wipes, Swiffer pads…all these things might say “flushable” on the box, but if you have even a tiny clog forming; adding large wipes to the waste flow will quickly make a tiny problem big.
6. Toilet Bowl Scrub Pads
Not only are these scrub pads not biodegradable, they’re full of harsh cleaning agents that are difficult for the treatment facility to cleanse from the water.
Best bet? Don’t waste money on these gimmicky cleaners in the first place. Instead, use natural cleaning ingredients like baking soda and vinegar to clean your toilet. That’s what I do and it works great.
7. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are full of toxic chemicals that cause big problems at treatment facilities, and your local water shed. They also can quickly lead to clogs. Your best bet for a healthy home is to not use them. But if you do, don’t flush them after you’re done folding laundry. They’re better off in the trash.
8. Bubble Gums.
Chewing gums are a no, no entering your sewer system. This will cling to side of pipe and eventually build up choking sewer system that can turn out to be very expensive in cleaning your drain.
PATENTED HAIR CATCHER: Read MoreThe Hairstopper fits most bathtub drains to fit snugly in your tub and keep hair from clogging your pipes. Standard size of 8 x 6 x .5 inches. FAST WATER FLOW: The Hairstopper is able to keep your drains free of hair and debris without blocking water drainage, so your waterflow remains fast and as a consequence, cost you less in cleaning your drain frequently. LOW MAINTENANCE: Just replace every 2-4 months. No need for drain chemicals or treatments for clogged drains. MONEY SAVER: No more expensive plumbing bills to unclog drains. Protect your drain before it gets clogged with hair and debris. Thus prevents cleaning your drain more. EASY TO INSTALL: Simply fit the Hairstopper into your shower drain and allow it to collect loose hair and debris. No difficult installation. No tools needed.