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Which Drain Cleaning Products Work Best?

plunger-basicClogged drains can quickly become a mess you just don’t want to deal with, so you want a solution fast. You may have heard about a new product to unclog drains, or you might go for the old standby chemicals. But we have some warnings about these. Often, it’s better to leave drain cleaning to a qualified professional who already has the right tools on hand.

Otherwise, the best drain cleaning products are often things you already have! Check out our list of the best drain cleaning products, and which ones you should avoid, in today’s guide. Contact our plumbers for fast drain cleaning in Minneapolis, MN.

The Plunger

It may not sound exactly innovative, but this really should be your go-to drain cleaning product. It’s in every home for a reason—the plunger has stood the test of time as a reliable way to quickly unclog a drain. You should have a standard half-spherical plunger for sinks as well as a plunger with an extra flange in the middle designed to cup onto toilet drains.

Using the plunger requires a bit of skill and repetition. You must be sure the plunger seals over the opening (with a bit of water inside) and move it with force up and down perhaps a couple dozen times before a clog loosens.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This has been a go-to cleaning solution for decades. Baking soda reacts with vinegar to create a bubbling, grease-eating solution…just be sure to pour the baking soda into the drain first! We recommend about ½ cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Wait 5 minutes and follow it all up with a pot of boiling water.

A Drain Auger

When all else fails, you might use a drain auger found in a hardware store designed for home use. If yours uses a crank, be sure to push it down until you feel the auger start to give, and then push some more, before winding it back up. Sometimes, a home drain auger isn’t powerful enough, and you may have to turn to professional tools.

NOT Chemicals

We think it’s important to mention that chemical drain cleaners are not safe for most drains. They can damage the lining of your pipes and do more harm than good—not to mention the fact that they are toxic and can be dangerous!

If anything is poured down the drains, it should be a plumber-approved remedy (like baking soda and vinegar). Or, many plumbers are fond of cleaners that use bacteria to eat away at the grease lining the pipes.

The Tools Professionals Have

All in all, a professional plumber will have the best tools to handle any drain clog. Calling in the pros means you ensure you don’t damage the pipes or make the clog even worse by sending it further down the drains.

Professionals have professional drain augers designed to reach all the way through the sewer lines, where the standard home drain snake cannot go. They also have powerful hydro jetting technology to clean out drains and prevent clogs from reappearing.

Contact VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for professional drain cleaning service today!

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