What are the basic plumbing tools for DIY drain cleaning?
The following tools and common household objects can be used to clean drains at home:
A drain snake
Grease-fighting dish soap
Homeowners can mix boiling water with any of the last three products to break up grease and grime.
Are clog removal liquid products environmentally friendly?
The main ingredients in clog removal liquid products are sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, both break down into relatively harmless components when it comes into contact with water or soil. However, both substances cause mild irritation to skin and internal tissues.
What is a drain snake?
Also known as a drain auger, a drain snake is a coiled device around ¼-inch thick. To use a drain snake, put the end into the entrance of the drain. Turn the handle to force the snake deeper, using extra pressure to force it through the bend in the pipe. Keep turning until the snake hits the clog, then either pull the snake and remove the obstruction or force it through. Once the snake is out of the drain, run the water on full blast for a few minutes to ensure the obstruction is completely removed.
Can plungers damage residential pipes?
Plungers don't damage residential pipes, but the force created by the act of plunging weakens the seal between the toilet and the floor.
Do plumbers offer emergency drain cleaning services?
Many plumbers, both local businesses and nationwide chains, offer emergency or same-day services.