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Meta Title: What to Know About Cleaning Your Drain | Granada Hills Plumbing
Meta Description: There are some helpful things to know about cleaning your drains before and after
receiving professional help from your plumber.
No matter what your drain cleaning needs are, knowing the different methods of unclogging drains
can be helpful in tackling your draining issues. At Granada Hills Plumbing, we cannot stress enough the
value of keeping your drains clear with regular maintenance after having a professional plumber clean
your water pipes. Here are a few things to take into account:
Electronic cables, or also known as “plumber’s snakes”, are one of the best ways to clear a
blocked drain, as it can go very deep into the drain opening. The cable is typically coiled and
motorized, and works well to loosen hard objects. This practice usually requires a professional
plumber to provide the right equipment and finish the process safely.
Liquid drain cleaners that you find at the hardware store are typically effective in removing build
up (hair, grease, etc.) that is situated near the the drain opening. They are not as helpful in
clearing blockages that are deeper within the water pipe.
There are two types of liquid chemical drain cleaners: alkaline and acidic. Alkaline drain cleaners
usually contain chemicals such as bleach and potassium hydroxides, and once they are mixed
together and poured down the drain, they react and create a foam-like consistency. This foam
dissolves the particles that are stuck in the drain. Acidic drain cleaners contain sulfur acid, which
dehydrates and dissolves materials blocking the pipes.
It is crucial to add acidic drain cleaners VERY SLOWLY into the drain opening, to avoid a reaction
between the sulfuric acid and the water in the drain. Such a reaction can cause injuries including
intensive skin burns or visual loss.
There are “natural” solutions to clearing your drains, such as pouring boiling water down the
drain, then using baking soda and vinegar to create a foamy texture which may help dislodge
any extra hair or grime.
At Granada Hills Plumbing, we use the Bio-clean solution. Not only is it safe for the
environment, but it also works to prevent clogged drains in the future.
Hydro-jetters are another great option in removing the build up along walls of water drains. A
hydro-jetter uses high pressure water to force out any build up that may be clogging the pipe,
down the drain. Again, this requires a professional and should be done with extreme caution.
Whether your shower is backed up or your bathroom sink is clogged, there are various methods
available which to unblock drains and prevent future clogs. However, it is best to consult with a trusted
plumber before taking matters into your own hands, to avoid damaging your pipes or being injured.