How to restore patency of pipes?

Posted: July 6th, 2013 | Author: | Cleaning

The drainage pipes in the kitchen and the bathroom become clogged because of their everyday use. They can be plugged with scraps of food, hair, dust or grease.

Photo credit: Darwin Bell / Foter / CC BY

Photo credit: Darwin Bell / Foter / CC BY

They start looking ugly and smelling bad. To restore their patency, you can use baking soda and vinegar. For the first method you will need 1 glass of baking soda, 1 glass of vinegar, hot water. The drainage must be dry. Pour the glass of baking soda and leave it for 5 minutes. Then, pour in 1 glass of vinegar. Immediately after pouring the vinegar, use a plug to clog the drainage. After 30 minutes remove the plug and rinse the drainage with hot water. For the second method you will need ½ a glass of baking soda, ¼ glass of table salt. Pour the vinegar to a small pot and heat it on a small fire. Be careful not to make it boil. Some foam and bubbles will start appearing on the vinegar, which is perfectly normal. Pour the baking soda with table salt to the drainage pipe. Then, rinse it with heated vinegar. After that, use a plug to clog the drainage or put a plate on it. The fumes should not spread through your house, or get to your eyes or lungs. Leave the pipes as such for 15 to 20 minutes.

During this time do not use the toilet/kitchen sink, or the bath whose drainage you are trying to unclog. Let other people know not to use those facilities as well. It is best to carry this out when nobody is at home, especially children. After 15 minutes unplug the drainage and rinse it with hot water. Pour hot water for 30 to 60 seconds. It should thoroughly wash the pipes and remove the baking soda, salt and vinegar from them. Such cleaning should be performed once a month. The amounts provided above should suffice for one drainage.

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