How to Unclog Drain Pipes

The sink and bathroom drain is one of the pipes that suffers the most clogs due to daily use. Food residue on dishes, detergent solidification, throwing paper or wipes, or spilling other residues such as oil can clog pipes causing clogs and a foul odor.

Prevention is essential when avoiding unwanted plugs that can lead to a more significant problem and damage to the pipes. To learn how to unclog drain pipes and what practices you can carry out to avoid clogs, do not miss to read this article.

How to Unclog Drain Pipes

During construction, the pipe storm sewer is installed to relieve excess rainwater on the terraces or backyards. They are installed outside and typically include channels in the roof that route the water to the drain. These pipes can become clogged due to the accumulation of leaves, dirt, or other debris. If you're interested in knowing how to unclog drain pipes, you can contact a pipe unclogging service or try these steps

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  1. Remove dirt around the drain and remove the guard that protects it.
  2. Remove the downspout from the drain that connects it to the spout.
  3. Insert a pipe unclog and run it as far as the pipe allows. Try the other end of the spring end that doesn't work for you.
  4. Try pouring water down the drain and check that the water does not overflow.
  5. If it is still stuck, it may be damaged and needs to be replaced.

Next, we will tell you other easy tricks that will aid you in learning how to unclog pipes in the kitchen or bathroom.

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How to Unclog Sewer Pipes with Water and Salt

The salt mixed with the hot water not only helps to remove and wash the remains that are in the pipe with it, but it also serves to eliminate the bad smell caused by the waste stuck in the pipe. This DIY solution only works for small drain blockages, so it's a good idea to do it every now and then to keep your pipes clean.

What do you need

  • 1 liter of water
  • 100 grams of salt

How to do it

  1. If the clog is very bad, use a suction cup to unclog pipes before applying any of the methods in this article.
  2. Put a pot on the fire to boil the liter of water.
  3. When it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat, add the salt and stir until it dissolves.
  4. Once the salt is mixed with the water, pour the liquid over the clogged drain and work for about 30 minutes. During that time, do not turn on the faucet to avoid cold water running through the pipe.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

One of the so-called basic chemicals is sodium bicarbonate. On the other hand, vinegar is made up of acetic acid. When a base compound and an acid are mixed together, it creates a reaction known as an acid-base reaction. This process produces a carbonic gas that manages to penetrate the plug of the pipe, helping to undo it. For that reason, baking soda and vinegar cleaning mixture are so widely used in the kitchen.

What do you need

  • 100 grams of baking soda (chemical yeast also works)
  • 200 milliliters of white vinegar

How to Unclog Pipes with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Pour the bicarbonate into the pipe that has the clog, put a cap, and let it sit for some time.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the 200 ml of white vinegar in a saucepan.
  3. When it has reached the boiling point, pour it over the pipe in which you have added the baking soda.
  4. The union of both ingredients will create an effervescent effect that will dissolve the jam.
  5. To be more effective, we recommend that you leave it on for a few hours and avoid pouring water into the drain pipes for at least two hours.
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Yeast and Vinegar

Chemical yeast has an action very similar to that of baking soda, since, when combined with an acidic substance like vinegar, it creates an effervescent reaction that helps to drag any debris or grease residue that is caught in the drain.

What do you need

  • Half a cup of baking powder
  • Half a cup of white vinegar

How to Unclog the Pipes

  1. Pour the yeast and vinegar into a container.
  2. Stir until both ingredients are integrated.
  3. Pour it into the clogged drain or pipe and leave for a few minutes.
  4. After a few minutes, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to dilute the fats and remove the clog.

Salt, Vinegar, and Baking Soda

And if the jam is very strong, we leave you this remedy that combines all the ingredients of the previous remedies to help you undo the most persistent plugs. Remember this homemade tip, and you'll know how to unclog pipes without the need of expensive products.

What do you need

  • Half a glass of baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 glass of white vinegar
  • 1 liter of water

How to unclog the drain

  1. Mix the vinegar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture down the drain with the clog.
  3. Leave on for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
  5. After 20 minutes with the product in the pipe, pour the boiling water down the drain. The action of the boiling water in contact with the rest of the ingredients will make the dirt dissolve, thus eliminating the jam.

How to Keep Pipes from Clogging

Prevention is key if you want to avoid blockages in the plumbing in your kitchen or bathroom. These are simple gestures that will not involve any effort, and that will contribute to preserving the good condition of the pipes and plumbing, as well as prevent foul odors.

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  • Before scrubbing, clean up any food left on the dishes. If we put the dishes directly in the sink, the waste will go to the drain as soon as we turn on the tap.
  • Use a protective filter cap to catch any debris that could be accidentally strained.
  • Do not throw food scraps into the sink and, as far as possible, avoid the waste that can end up seeping down the drain and into the pipes.
  • Do not flush papers or wipes down the toilet to avoid clogging the pipes.
  • Don't pour grease or oil into the sink or toilet, as the pipes will be greasy and dirt can stick to the walls.
  • Pour 4 cups of boiling water to dissolve accumulated grease at least once a week to maintain the pipes and keep them clean.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo