Don’t Use Baking Soda & Vinegar To Clean Clogged Drains
Does Baking Soda & Vinegar Really Clear Drains?
Often, products are marketed with the instructions of pouring hot water down the drain afterwards. Crucially, it is the hot water here that is doing most of the work.
Its temperature, and the gravity of the water pouring down on top of the clog, will melt it down and wash it away down your pipe. The baking soda and vinegar solution will not have made any bit of difference to the process beyond wasting two key ingredients.
Can Baking Soda & Vinegar Damage Pipes?
In the chemical reaction between the two ingredients (Vinegar & Baking Soda), pressure is created from produced carbon dioxide gas. You may have seen this in an experiment at school or on television, where the reaction is performed in a closed container such as a balloon or a bottle. In this instance, pressure will be created.
However, the crucial fact is that your drain is not a closed container. Therefore, the combination of baking soda and vinegar will not produce nearly enough pressure to blast out the clog in your pipe.
For a proper drain unclogging without the DIY mixtures, look no further than Gold Coast Leak Detection.
Why Doesn’t It Work? The Science Behind The Fact
Because vinegar is an acid and baking soda an alkali, the two will react and fizz. This chemical reaction will produce salty water – not something which will prove much good to clean drains with.
The two ingredients are also not surfactants (compounds that lower the surface tension of liquids) so they will not help to wash the clog away, either. There have been many experiments performed to show the different reactions which can be found by doing a quick Google search.
Blocked Drain Clearing Enzyme Solutions
Sometimes, a clog in your drain cannot be fixed by pouring boiling water down the drain. This is usually for matted hair or other organic matter such as food particles.
In this case, you should consider using a green enzyme drain cleaner. These environmentally conscious options contain enzymes and bacteria which are designed to eat through and dissolve any organic matter causing a clog in your drain and clearing out the pipes. You can also try using a cleaner made of monosodium sulphate. This non-toxic acid is equally designed to dissolve any organic clogs building up in your drain.
While these DIY’s may do the trick for a short period, at some point you’ll need to call in the experts. Better sooner rather than later so they can get to the main issue and rectify rather than you ricking possible damage to your plumbing with DIY recipes. Don’t Waste your time, money & energy, call Gold Coast Leak Detection on 1300 433 585 today!
Quick Fix Drain Cleaning Tricks
Below we have listed two quick-fix drain cleaning tricks to get you through the night until you can call the plumber for a proper solution.
- For hair or small objects caught in your drain, use a long wire hook (you can make this out of a coat hanger) to scoop out the clog. Pre-Warning, this can be SUPER nasty – You’ve been warned.
- If you have a weak stomach, don’t have the time or have family members with long hair, please call the experts to get the job done right the first time!
- For a super quick (Sort of fix) until you can get in touch with the experts, this tip is good for a day or so until the build up increases.
- To build on what we’ve covered already works in place of vinegar and baking soda, combine liquid detergent with your hot water. The boiling water will melt the grease and the detergent will dissolve fats in the clog.