How To Clear A Drain Without Chemicals

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Natural Solutions For Unclogging A Drain

Picture the water in the tub or shower slowly creeping up your ankles as you bathe. Now picture the same thing happening in the sink as you brush your teeth and spit out the remnants. Gross, right? Slow, or backed-up drains, are no homeowners best friend and they always seem to pop up at the worst times. But there’s no need to worry, or reach for that bottle of chemicals — these natural drain cleaners are better for your plumbing system and are safer for you and your family.


This tool may sound obvious when it comes to a clogged toilet, but maybe not so much for a clogged drain. Well, the truth is, there are plungers designed for toilets and plungers designed for drains and a drain plunger should be your first plan of attack when water starts to back up.

As a general rule of thumb, the plungers with the wooden handle and the red suction cup are typically designed for drains while plungers with an elongated flap around the cup are designed for toilets.

Drain Snake

Not all homeowners have these on hand, but if you do, and the plunger won’t do the trick, this should be your plan b. Simply unravel the snake into the drain and once you feel it hit a blockage, give it a twist and then reel it back up. This should help dislodge anything that might be caught in the drain — usually it’s a combination of hair, dirt and other debris.

Coat Hanger

If you don’t have a plunger or a drain snake on hand, a coat hanger just might do the trick. Head to the closet and look for a wire hanger. Unravel it, leaving the hook intact and use it to fish out food or hair particles that could be causing the blockage.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

This combination works wonders in lots of household situations and the same is true for drains. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with ½ cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about an hour and then wash it all down with a pot of hot, but not boiling, water.

Baking Soda & Salt

Similar to the baking soda and vinegar trick, this combination will help break down what might be causing the backup in the pipe. Mix ½ cup of table salt and ½ cup of baking soda in a cup or bowl and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, or overnight if it’s a stubborn clog, and then wash it down with a pot of hot water.

Want to learn more about why lots of commercial drain cleaning products are bad for your drains? Check out some recommended reading material, here: Are Drain Cleaner Products Bad for Your Drains?

Drain Cleaning Specialists in Fort Myers

Clogs strike at the most inconvenient times. And if they’re tough, stubborn ones you can’t fix on your own, you need a professional’s touch. That’s where we come in. At Aztec Plumbing & Drains, we proudly provide customers with outstanding drain cleaning in Fort Myers and beyond.

Whether you’re dealing with a complete blockage, or you want to take action before a minor clog can become more severe, our expert plumbers can assist you at any time of day or night. We provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services and we never charge extra for our weekend or night services. Call us right away at 239-932-2959, and just remember — stay away from those chemical products!

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