What to Use Instead of Drano
Boiling water can help break down minor clogs like soap buildup, grease, and sometimes hair. Boil a half-gallon of water and pour it directly into the drain at a steady pace.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
If your clog is stubborn, you can try vinegar and baking soda. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour half a cup of vinegar down after the baking soda. Pour slowly to avoid the mixture overflowing. Seal off the drain for half an hour. Then pour hot water down the drain. Make sure the water is hot.
To plunge a clog, place the plunger cup over the opening of the drain and cover with enough water that the plunger cup is submerged, then pump the plunger up and down quickly and repeatedly.
A plumber’s snake sometimes called an auger, is a metal coil that you send down the pipes to break up clogs. You can buy one at any home improvement store, and it costs approximately $25 – $75, depending on the grade of durability.
When using, make sure to wear rubber gloves and have a bucket near because it can be a messy process. Send the coil down a few inches, then begin turning the crank or handle until you reach the obstruction. As you turn the handle the other way to bring the coil back up, it should get the clog with it in pieces or as a whole. Test your pipes by either flushing or running the water. You may need to snake the drain more than once to break up the clog thoroughly.
Some Tips to Prevent Clogs
The easiest and cheapest option is to prevent clogs from happening in the first place. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper, including “flushable” wipes, q-tips, feminine hygiene items, condoms, cotton balls, grease, coffee grounds, etc.
Contact Your Septic Company
If you’ve attempted to clear your pipes and nothing is working, you could have a larger problem with your septic system. Now is the time to contact your septic company to ensure that your whole system is working correctly.
While Drano is a quick fix, taking care of your septic system will save you money, time, and frustration in the long term. Have questions or need to schedule an inspection or repair? Contact Advanced Septic Services at (352) 242-6100.