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    Drain cleaning may be required if you detect pooling water, gurgling noises or a foul smell. These are all signs that your drainage is clogged, and you will have to clean it right away to avoid further problems. 

    You can purchase drain cleaners from a local hardware store, although these products are expensive and contain harsh chemicals which may not be great for your drainage pipes. Before you run out to the store, you can consider the following DIY methods which are effective as drain cleaners:

    1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution

    When baking soda is mixed with vinegar, it can serve as a very powerful cleaning solution which can break down fatty acid buildup in your clogged drain. This solution can break down grease, food and soap, and you will have to pour about two ounces of baking soda and vinegar mixture into your drain, after which you’ll have to cover it with a cloth while it fizzes. Flush this solution with boiling water after about 10 to 15 minutes and repeat until your drain is clear.

    2. Alka-Seltzer

    This effervescent antacid is usually used to relieve minor aches, inflammation and acid reflux, and in addition to being used for medical purposes, it can also serve as a drain cleaner. Slip three tablets into your drain and pour boiling water down your drain immediately for a few seconds. Wait for 15 minutes as the tablets fizz up, and flush it all down with regular tap water. This should leave you with a clean drain.

    3. Dry yeast and salt

    You can try using a dry yeast and salt solution to clean out grime and grease in your drain before it gets more clogged. Yeast will reproduce and expand when it’s mixed with salt and poured with hot water, and this will break up unwanted dirt and grime that has accumulated in your drain. Place two packets of dry yeast and a pinch of salt into your drain and flush it down with hot water. Do this again after an hour until it cleans your clogged drain.

    4. Coffee Grounds

    Pouring coffee grounds into your drain can help because of the coarse texture, which can help clean up the pipes while neutralizing the smell that emanates from the drainage. Simply pour coffee grounds into the drain, and the acids of the coffee will break up the grease. Flush it down with water, and your clogged drain may not be a problem any longer.

    5. Dishwasher Detergent

    Any gel dishwasher detergent can be used to break up the grease, oil and other dirt particles that have gathered in your drain. Pour a good amount of detergent into your drain and flush it down with boiling water. 


    Do you prefer leaving drain cleaning tasks to the professionals? The experts at Tap Tech offer a number of services, and our plumbers will make sure your drains are working properly in no time! Whether you don’t have the time for a DIY project or want to leave this job to professional plumbing techs, we’ve got you covered!

    Our plumbers have years of experience, and we are proud to serve our Kingston community. Contact us today to learn more about our drain and sewer cleaning services!