What’s Good for Cleaning Drains?

Several Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Available But Lye is the Most Effective.

What is the best chemical to unclog drains?

While you want to take care when using chemicals to unclog drains, there are some good drain cleaners on the market today. One of the best chemical cleaners to use will have lye, or sodium hydroxide, in it. Many cleaners have lye in them or you can get pure lye that will effectively wash away built up residue and other material clogging the pipes.

When you are clearing clogs with chemical cleaners use them as directed. Also note, some of the harsh chemicals can over time corrode your pipes and cause leaks. For the toughest clogs, make sure to call a drain cleaning service. Plumbers that offer a drain cleaning service like hydro-jetting or augering will effectively clear your drains without damaging your pipes.

When you need a professional drain cleaning service in West Los Angeles, CA, you can always trust our team for effective service. So, when you need help with your drains give us a call at (310) 454-2010.   

How do I stop my drains from clogging?

Soap scum, hair, grease and coffee grounds are the four main things that cause clogs. There are several ways in which you can prevent clogging the drains in your kitchen and bathroom.

Instead of dumping coffee grounds down your kitchen sink, you should dump them in the trash or save them and add them to your garden mulch. Grease easily and clogs sinks, so pour your grease in a coffee can or milk carton and then throw it in the trash. In your bathroom, you can minimize the amount of hair and soap scum going down the drain by adding a screen or drain-grate that you can buy at a plumbing supply store.

Each time you use the kitchen sink, run hot water through it to rinse away oils in food that over time begin to build up inside the pipes, eventually making the drains sluggish or leading to clogs. You can also rinse the drain with a combination of hot water and baking soda, which serves as a great cleaner.

You can also use vinegar as a cleaner by pouring 1 cup down the drain and letting it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it with hot water. The vinegar clears away organic matter. A concoction of vinegar, baking soda and salt can also be poured down the drain and chased with boiling water.

If all else fails, you can enlist the help of a drain cleaning service like Sunset West Plumbing & Rooter Inc..

In the same way you want to keep your drains cleaned, you want to keep the air clean in your home. You can do this with an air filtration system. There are Orange, CA air filtration services you will find reliable.

Why does my main drain keep clogging?

Soap scum and hair, along with dirt and skin flakes will often clog drains. A drain screen will help prevent clogs. To prevent toilet clogs make sure not to flush feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, dental floss and wet wipes.

How can I naturally clear my drains?

Several natural remedies exist for unclogging drains that you can use without having to call a drain cleaning service. Combinations of about ½ cup each of baking soda, vinegar and salt often work really well. Usually all you need to do is to pour the mixture down the drain, let it sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing the sink with hot water. You may have to rinse several times with the hot water to clear the clog. You can also use a mixture of about 2 liters of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of liquid to clear a drain. While it may take several tries, this mixture is very effective against grease clogs.

It’s not necessary to have special tools to clear clogs. Some clogs you may be able to reach with a wire hanger. Use the hooked end to fish out food particles or hair in the drain. A basic rubber plunger is also effective. All you need to do is fill the sink about halfway warm water and then begin to plunge until the drain is clear.

Can Drano make a clog worse?

Yes, Drano and similar commercial clog removers can make the clog worse. It can actually cause the material, especially hair, to congeal and solidify. Or the cleanser may loosen the material enough that it gets sent further down the pipes until it causes another clog, which will require a drain cleaning service to remove. Here are some other reasons not choose Drano:

Reasons not to choose Drano:

  • Chemicals Harmful to Toilets: While it will clear a clog, the Drano or other chemical will remain in the toilet for some time and get absorbed into the porcelain, which can lead to cracks.
  • Corrodes Pipes: With extended use Drano or other cleaners can cause pipes to corrode. Plastic pipes are especially susceptible to corrosion.
  • Quick Fix: Drano can be used as a quick fix for a single clog, but if you are seeing clogs in the same place, that’s probably a sign of a bigger problem.

Drain cleaning at home

As mentioned, there are several ways you can clear a clog at home, including using mixtures of salt, vinegar and baking soda rinsed with hot water. Tools like wire hangers and plungers also work really well. While home remedies may work on small clogs, if the clog is severe, a drain cleaning service like Sunset West Plumbing & Rooter Inc. can effectively clear even the most stubborn of drains. Give us a call at (310) 454-2010 if you have a serious clog that needs to be cleared.

Drain cleaning with water pressure

At  Sunset West Plumbing & Rooter Inc., we clear drains with jets of high pressure water. The technique is known as hydro-jetting. These high pressure water systems generally require professional training of a drain cleaning service to use. Hydro-jetting is one of the most thorough ways you can clean your pipes and keep them clear of clogs.

A Plunger is an Effective Tool For Unclogging Drains, Especially in the Kitchen.

Drain cleaning and kitchen

Your kitchen sink can get clogged with a variety of materials from food particles to grease. In many cases a mixture of hot water, vinegar and baking soda can clear a clog. A plunger is also an effective tool for a kitchen sink clog.

Drain cleaning brush

There are several drain cleaning brushes on the market that you can use to keep your drains clean. These brushes are usually made of a flexible wire material with bristles that can be used to pull hair out and scrape away residue that causes clogs.

When you have serious clogs and need a drain cleaning service in West Los Angeles, CA, we have the right tools like hydro-jetting to help you. Give us a call today at (310) 454-2010 to schedule a service.