Monday, April 29, 2013

Vinegar for Slow or Mostly Clogged Drains

works.  Baking soda is idiotic.

A principal cause of drain clogs is mineral build-up from the water itself, rust from older iron pipes, and black mold (really, yes, black mold in your drains).  Vinegar will dissolve those.  (As well as your granite or marble countertop if you're not careful.)

DO NOT USE BAKING SODA NO MATTER WHAT SOMEBODY MORE STUPID THAN YOU SAID.  Throwing baking soda down the drain along with the vinegar will defeat the process and actually add to the clog.  The vinegar will be working to dissolve the baking soda, the baking soda will be working to neutralize the vinegar, and the clog will be eating popcorn and watching the two fight it out.  Once the baking soda has neutralized the vinegar, it will reform itself into a solid and become assimilated into the clog.  The idea of combining baking soda and vinegar was likely conceived by idiots who think that the foaming bubbles will work out the clog.  For that matter, never throw baking soda down your drains, ever.  It's powdered rock, for crying out loud.  Get past fifth-grade science fair volcanoes, morons, and think about how things work. 

So here's how you do it.  Get a gallon  of cheap white distilled vinegar from the supermarket.  Pour it down your drain until it backs up to the top of your drain.  Start boiling a teakettle full of water.  You should see, after a time, the vinegar drain out.  Pour the boiling water down the drain.  If you have been eating all your vegetables and saying your prayers every night, you should see the water drain fast with a whoosh and/or gurgle.  Clog gone.

To be safe, pour the remaining vinegar down the drain.  Keep pouring even though it's draining away.  Vinegar is cheap.  Pour another teakettle of boiling water down the drain.  Get the idea?   You're hunting down the broken up survivors of the clog.

As a final step, wash the vinegar (and any clog remnants) thoroughly out of your pipes by letting your faucets run for a couple of minutes.  You don't want it sitting there -- it will corrode the pipes.

WARNING:  If you do not know that boiling water and vinegar should be handled carefully because they can hurt you or your family members, you have no business being alone on the internet.  Find an "assisted living" home that does not have a minimum IQ requirement.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Carmella Vancil said...

“The vinegar will be working to dissolve the baking soda, the baking soda will be working to neutralize the vinegar, and the clog will be eating popcorn and watching the two fight it out.” The image that's in my head right now, haha! That aside, thanks for sharing this! I usually get a jug of industrial cleaners and end up in a fit of coughing because of the smell. I'm pretty sure I can deal with the smell of vinegar better, so I'm definitely using this trick when my drain gets clogged again.

Tue May 14, 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger Levi Eslinger said...

Since DIY is trending, there are lots of ways invented on how to unclog drains easily and affordably. Some works just fine and some are not but I think the most important in doing this is, we learn. But for me I always call my plumber for all plumbing-related problems; the last time I handle a DIY solution, it led to worst. This is a very helpful guide. Thanks for sharing. =)

--->Levi Eslinger

Wed May 22, 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Darryl Iorio said...

You could save yourself from all the troubles of a clogged drain you can prevent it from clogging at all. Don't dump solid materials down your drain. Lime production on your pipes is inevitable, so clean it regularly. Hot water can be very helpful. When it gets clogged, use a drain auger, or more commonly known as 'the snake', to pull the dirt out. If you deem things are out of your DIY skills, call a plumber immediately and prevent the matter from getting worse.


Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating

Thu Jun 13, 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger dev smith said...

hey i am satisfied with your views. but what should i do to get batter result.
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Thu Jan 09, 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous NYC Water Main said...

Good find on plumbing and drainage problems.

Fri Apr 11, 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Sewer Repair New York said...

Vinegar seems to be good cleaning agent and open the clog drains very easily.

Fri Apr 11, 02:32:00 AM  

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