If you have a slow bath or kitchen drain, using bleach to unstop a slow drain is a very inexpensive and effective way to clear a drain. Drains get clogged from every day use that sends soap scum, hair, grease from fried foods, make-up, toothpaste, shaving cream, and anything else that ends up in the sink down the drain. Unfortunately, all of this stuff doesnt make it through the plumbing but gradually builds on the walls of the piping and forms into a clog that slows or clogs the drain. So you’ve gone to Walmart and bought the Banbury 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle High-Arc Bathroom Faucet that you’ve always wanted but now it’s all clogged. Now what do you do?
Clogged Sinks Aren’t Sexy
You can buy off the shelf drain cleaner like Liquid Plumber or Draino from Walmart to clear a drain but they dont always work and can be a waste of money. Leaves your pipes clogged and not sexy at all. If you use one or more of these drain cleaners and they dont work, using bleach to unstop your drain may be the way to go. Actually, you can use bleach as one part of a regimen to keep your drains clear. If you’re concerned about bleached about bleaches effect on the environment, Walmart has this earth-friendly alternative.
Note: Hair is a major reason for clogged and slow running drains so you might want to use a product like the Zip-It Cleaning Tool if bleach isn’t an option for you.
Have An Open Relationship
If you have a clogged drain now, just pour 1½ cups of bleach into standing water and let it work its way to the clog. The bleach will break down some of the organics in the clog and free it to move through the pipes. Once the drain is clear, pour another ½ cup of bleach into the drain and let it stay in the u-trap piping under the sink. This is where some of the waste that goes down the drain settles. Once enough sediment builds in the u-trap, it can build into a clog that causes the drain to drain slowly or clog. Isn’t it nice to have an open relationship.
Tip: Stop-a-Clog Drain Protectors are an eco-responsible way to protect your drains from hair and other clog-causing particles.
Preventing Drain Clogs – Periodic Maintenance
If you brush your hair over a sink and hair falls into the sink, use a Kleenex or some toilet paper to wipe the hair out of the sink and throw it into a wastebasket. Dont wash it down the drain.
Dont pour grease from fried foods into the sink. Allow it to cool and pour it into an empty milk carton and throw it in the trash.
Pour ½ cup of bleach into a clear drain at the beginning of every month to help it stay free of clogs.
Pour ½ cup of bleach into a clear drain before you leave for vacation. The bleach will soak the scum and sediment in the drain while youre away.
Use Bleach Safely
- Always read warning labels and follow the directions before using anything to unclog a drain.
- Dont mix different drain cleaners or any other substance with drain cleaners. This could lead to serious chemical burns or damage to your lungs and eyes.
- When you use bleach or any chemicals to unclog a drain, ventilate the workspace by opening a window or door to prevent a build up of toxic vapors that could cause you to black out.
- Turn on the fan in the bathroom or the fan over the kitchen range to help ventilate the room while youre working with chemicals in a sink.
Show It Some Love
I told you how to use bleach to clear your drain if its clogged now but if your drain is clear now you should still be using bleach to keep it clear. Bleach will usually unclog slow and clogged drains. If dedicated drain cleaners and bleach wont unclog your drain you may need to call a plumber. But the best way to clear a drain is by doing the periodic maintenance above. Using bleach and doing the periodic maintenance can help keep your drains open and save you time and grief.