All drains and pipes in your home, be it your bathroom, kitchen or toilet, require regular maintenance, not only to keep things running smoothly, but also to make sure that they have longer service life. Unfortunately, human technology hasn’t gotten far enough to a point where drains could automatically clean themselves. In order to prevent blocked drain, homeowners need to regularly clean their drains and utilise a range of preventive measures.
It is not a matter of “if” they will happen, the real matter is “when”. Of course, if you take extra precautions and avoid throwing oil, fats, and other wrong things down the drain, and if you regularly clean your bathroom and kitchen drains, you will be able to delay the “when”. And if you do it religiously, you won’t even have to deal with a blocked drain for a long time.
But just for example the day comes when you encounter a blocked drain, what should you do? Would you outright use a highly corrosive drain cleaning solution like hydrochloric acid? Do you use a plunger, a drain snake, or a zip-it tool? Would you choose a home cleaning solution or an environmentally friendly anti-clog formula? Or would you call a licensed plumber to deal with the clog?
Bleach Against Clogged Drains
How about using bleach? Is bleach effective against blockages?
Bleach is a common chemical product that is often used for whitening and sterilizing materials such as clothes. Although it contains many different ingredients, the mostly comprised of a sodium hypochlorite or NaCIO. One of the most popular brands of liquid bleach is Clorox®. On their website, Clorox® talked about the amazing properties of their product. It says that aside from reducing soil adhesion to surfaces, it whitens clothes, disinfects them and kills approximately 99.9% of bacteria and germs.
But while bleach is effective for sanitizing and washing laundry, the same cannot be said when it comes to dealing with drain clogs. Sure, pouring a quarter cup of bleach followed by hot water into the drain will help clean and deodorize it, but it will not remove the blockage. While bleach effectively cleans and sanitizes, it does not have the ability to eat through hair, soap scum, and fats, oil and grease buildups in your pipes.
When dealing with clogged drains, you can try using a plunger and if that does not work, you can try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This mixture is safer for both you and your pipes, as well as the environment. Nevertheless, if these two have proven ineffective, then it is high time you call in a licensed plumber to deal with your blocked drain problem. You see, blocked drains are often symptoms of a deeper plumbing issue. A licensed plumber not only has the skills and experience, but also has the tools and equipment needed to deal with any type of plumbing problems. Your local licensed blocked drains Melbourne plumber will not only remove your drain clog, but will also do a comprehensive check up of your plumbing system to ensure that there is no underlying issue.