The cost of getting a drain in your home unclogged can vary depending on a number of issues. Where the clog is located, the number of clogs that is found, the cause of the clog as well as whether or not parts are removed can all have an impact on your pocket for drain cleaning. This cost can vary between $80 and $500 from a simple clogged bathroom or kitchen drain to a major clog that may require the toilet to be pulled and drain equipment to be used. However, it is possible to keep your drains as clear through some simple maintenance and unclogging with homemade drain cleaning solutions.
So, to save yourself the headache, nasty smell and a possible dent in your budget, you can try the following home remedies for clearing a clogged drain and keeping it clear.
It is recommended that you should stay away from acid-based chemicals that are commercially prepared to unclog drains. This is because these are estimated to cause corrosion of the metals in the drains and damage the finish on your drain pipes. However, there is a simple solution that can allow for the natural cleaning of the metals while breaking down the buildup in the drains to allow for freer movement and unclogging. For this you will need 1/4 cup baking soda (about $5.76 for a 12 lb bag) and 1/4 cup of salt ($1 per pound). You will also need 1/4 cup cream of tartar ($15 per pound) and 2 cups of boiling water.
The baking soda, salt and cream of tartar should be mixed together and then half of the mixture should be sprinkled down the drain. The boiling water is poured next and then the combination should be allowed to sit in the drain for about an hour before rinsing with cold water. This process can be repeated if the drain is not completely unclogged and it can also be used at least once a week to keep the drains nice and clean.
The hard stuff
For a more stubborn clog you might need some harder working solution. This can be had by using baking soda and white vinegar. For this alternative, you will need 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 whole cup of vinegar ($1.5 for a half gallon) as well as 1 gallon of boiling water. This solution can work in any clogged drain including your toilet. Siphon the baking powder into the drain using a funnel. Pour about a half of the vinegar into the drain and cover the hole so that the resulting foam can go down the drain instead of out the top. Any drain you are unclogging should be covered like this except for the toilets.
Once the initial foaming starts to subside then you can pour the rest of the vinegar into the drain and cover once again. Leave the mixture in the drains for about 15 minutes and then flush with the gallon of boiling water. If in doubt, you can leave the mixture overnight. You can repeat the process as needed.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Plumb Care Plumbing.