When you or someone in the home has chemical sensitivities, you are likely to find that simply calling up your plumber may not be the most appropriate or safest way to address an issue with clogged pipes. Unfortunately, there is often a strong scent associated with the use of chemicals, and if you are sensitive to fumes, you could be uncomfortable for quite some time. Therefore, it is a good idea to speak with your plumber about the following options when you need your home to be as free of chemicals as it is of clogged drains.
#1-Ask About Chemical-free Options, Such As Hot Water
Sometimes, the best option is the simplest. For instance, if you suspect that the cause of your clogged pipes is grease, residue, or something similar, you may find that pouring a lot of hot water down the drain is an effective way to address the problem. It is important to note that the water should ideally be boiling and available in copious amounts.
Although it may seem as if you could do this option on your own, many homeowners benefit from having a drain blockage clearing service complete the task on their behalf.
#2-Try Options With Fewer Chemicals
It is often surprising to discover that a simple mixture of one part baking soda and one part vinegar can be as effective and less smelly than many of the solutions commonly sold in retail stores to the public for clearing clogged pipes. Although you should verify the efficacy of your plan with the professional, and it may also be a good idea in many instances to have the plumber actually pour the solution down the drain, this option has been very successful for many people over the years.
However, your plumber should be able to estimate how many times you can attempt this before you should move on to another step. It may also be necessary to flush with hot water between applications and to wait a prescribed period of time between uses.
#3-Consider Evacuating The Area Of Water
When you have a clogged drain and standing water is present, it is often difficult to be sure that any of the restorative methods you are attempting are actually reaching the area in question. When that occurs, you may be able to save time and increase the efficacy of your endeavors by first using a wet/dry vacuum to eliminate as much water as possible. That means that you should ask your plumber for approval of that final step.
In conclusion, chemical sensitivities can make many day-to-day activities, including plumbing issues, challenging. As a result, it is best to speak with your plumber about the above options prior to committing to any new work on your pipes. If safer, more fume-free steps to address the problem have not worked, it may be necessary to ask someone else to stay at the house while the work is being done and only returning when it is safe for you to be there.Share
8 November 2016
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