Whether it’s food particles and grease in the kitchen or hair in the bathroom, your drain is bound to get stopped up from time to time. Traditional drain cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals that can corrode your pipes and be harmful to your health. Petri Plumbing & Heating has a few simple tricks to keep your Brooklyn drain flowing smooth while also being sensitive to the environment, and your wallet.
Bring roughly 2 liters of water to a boil and slowly pour down the drain, careful not flood it. This is great for grease clogs and soap scum because the boiling water turns the solidified oils back into liquid and washes them down. For a little more power, add some salt to the boiling water before pouring.
You’ll want to unravel a wire hanger with needle nose pliers to create a slight hook at the tip. Feed the hanger down the drain, wiggle around all edges of the pipe, and pull it out. Clean the hair off and do it again, rinsing the drain with boiling water every so often.
Clearing a stubborn kitchen or bathroom sink calls for a different approach – the plunger. The suction force of the pull is just as important as the flushing force of the push. Take care while plunging the kitchen sink as the unit does not have much support beneath.
When plunging the bathroom drains, make sure to remove any stoppers beforehand. If you are experiencing difficulty in creating a tight suction, apply petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger for an airtight seal.
If these household remedies don’t fix the problem, it may be time to contact a professional. Petri Plumbing is trained in diagnosing all your drain and pipe issues, no matter how big or small. Call us today at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing & Heating online to schedule an appointment.