Most drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, one of the strongest bases (alkaline products) on the planet. It is also called caustic soda or lye. Just breathing fumes from it in a liquid solution can irritate your lungs, eyes and throat. In dry form, it can cause severe chemical burns.
Why pour that down your clogged sink when you could opt for simple physics and a bit of elbow grease to clear your pipes like a professional plumber?
How easy is this? Empty the sink of dishes, water, and any floating debris. Boil a kettle of water and pour that slowly down the drain. Pour a little, wait a minute; pour some more. This is safe on either plastic or copper pipes and has the added benefit of involving neither muscle power nor chemicals.
Grade School Volcano
Vinegar (active ingredient: acetic acid) and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are still the dynamic duo of clog killers. Spoon as much baking soda into the drain as you can, then pour on vinegar and try as much as possible to keep a seal over the drain to direct the vigorous chemical reaction downward toward the clog instead of back up into the sink.
About that P-Trap
The P-trap is a lost ring’s last stand, a force of attraction for small children determined to see what will fit down the sink and also the likeliest spot for a clog. Removing the P-trap is how to drain a sink and will give you a few easily handled small lengths of pipe you can quickly clean out. You can also retrieve any lost rings or plastic dinosaurs, preventing damage or bigger clogs further down the pipes. Just remember to place a water-catching bucket beneath the pipe before you remove the P-trap.
Day & Night Air
If the above tips don’t work for you, it’s time to call a plumber in Phoenix. Should a sink clog removal be what you need, consider the prompt, professional attention of Day & Night Air’s plumbing services. Contact us today to learn how our expert plumbers can keep your pipes clear and clean and your water running freely.