Solving Blocked Drains with Salt and Vinegar
It is quite common to encounter problems with our sinks and drainage system once in a while. Sometimes, what we need to fix our problems can be found in our home. I am talking about the mixture of salt and vinegar to remove clogs in our drains. So how does this method work?
Why Salt and Vinegar?
Salt and vinegar have antiseptic and abrasive properties that can melt clogs in the pipeline. They’re safe to use and every home has it.
Steps on How to Create a Salt and Vinegar Mixture to Unclog Blocked Drains
Before anything else, make sure to prepare the salt, either iodized or rock salt. Of course, don’t forget the vinegar. We would also need lemon juice and a hot water to support the mixture. So here are the steps:
- Get a small bowl and put one cup of salt plus ½ cup of vinegar in it. Mix them well. Continue mixing until it becomes a thick but smooth paste.
- Now add ½ cup of lemon juice in the mixture. Though take note that adding lemon is optional. Lemon, like salt and vinegar, has antiseptic properties too. I mean, it doesn’t really hurt if you add it. It can add more antiseptic properties to the salt and vinegar mixture. Mix them well.
- Pour the mixture of salt, vinegar and lemon juice in the drain.
- Wait for about 15 minutes or more, depending on how stuck the clogs are.
- While waiting, start boiling a cup or 2 of water. If you have plastic pipes, do not follow this step.
- Pour the hot water down the drain and let it sit for few more minutes. Be careful when pouring the water.
- To fully remove the clog in the drain, use a plunger. This will add pressure to the mixture and to the hot water added to it.
- Repeat the above steps if necessary.
The mixture of salt, vinegar, lemon and the use of plunger are only good for soft or minor blocked drain problems. If the problem is way too big, advanced equipment or technique will be needed. This might include hydro jetting or with the use of synthetic chemicals.
Hydro jetting is a method where the pressure is added to the water. It’s basically an advanced form of a plunger, with the use of a machine to exert more pressure. Unlike the plunger, the hydro jetting machine can reach narrow and deep areas in the pipeline. Some plumbing agencies also have cameras to review and see what’s in the pipeline.
Apart from hydro jetting, there’s this tool called drain snake. It’s not as advanced as the hydro jetting method. This one is only applicable for minor clogs in the drains.
On the other hand, there are also lots of chemical drain cleaners in the market that you can purchase. Be careful though as this can be harmful to your skin or your health.
If the problem is way beyond your comprehension, it’s now the time to call the expert. They know the problem better.