Cleaning Pipe

Written by Karen Bates (last updated April 23, 2018)

1

Even if you don't often give them a thought, the pipes in your home are important to keep in good shape. If you don't take care what goes down the drain, you will more than likely end up with clogged pipes at one point or another. Debris and buildup in your pipes can lead to other plumbing problems, so you should keep them properly maintained.

So what can you do to take care of your pipes? Besides taking preventative measures to stop obstructions from forming, you may need to do a little cleaning. Cleaning pipes is a plumber's job in many cases, but sometimes you can take care of it at home using certain tools and methods. This can save you money, but remember that major clogs will probably require the work of a professional.

To clean out the pipes in your house, try one of the following ideas:

Clog solution. A commercial clog solution can break up the clog in your drain and get things moving again. Most of these products are simply poured into the problem pipe, then allowed to sit long enough to work. Finish by flushing out the drain with water. If the clog persists, try using the solution a second time. Keep in mind that most commercial clog solutions warn not to use them for toilet clogs.

Snake. A drain snake is a coiled, long, thin piece of metal that can be inserted into a drain to clear out a pipe, then pulled back out again. These tools work well for clogs that are deep down in the pipe. You can also find a smaller version of this called a mini snake, which is good for smaller drain situations.

Plunger. These aren't just for fixing a clogged toilet. You can use a plunger to help unclog pipes in sinks or bathtubs with standing water to dislodge a clog. Pump the plunger several times over the drain; the water pressure should push the clog and loosen it, allowing it to move and clear the pipe.

  • Natural methods. If you want to avoid chemicals but need a clog solution, try something more natural. Baking soda, vinegar, and hot water can work together to help unclog a pipe.
  • In many situations, a pipe can be cleaned using one of the above methods. Remember, however, that serious clogs should be left to the professionals to avoid damage.

    Author Bio

    Karen Bates

    An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

    MORE FROM KAREN

    How to Remove Ink Stains From Silk

    Finding an ink stain on your silk fabric might seem scary. You may, however, be able to remove the stain with careful ...

    Discover More

    Small Appliances

    In general, appliances can help make everyday tasks faster and easier to complete. Small appliances are portable and ...

    Discover More

    Home Carpet Cleaners

    Carpets can get dirty enough to require some serious cleaning. Choose a cleaning method that works best for you and your ...

    Discover More

    Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

    More Cleaning Tips

    Cleaning Copper Kitchen Sinks

    You finally got that copper kitchen sink you have always wanted. Maybe it was because of its antibacterial properties, or ...

    Discover More

    Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

    Stainless steel sinks need a little love and attention to look clean and shiny. Of the six cleaning methods given here, ...

    Discover More

    Removing Garbage Disposal Odors

    Have you noticed that no matter how hard you seem to try, that there are some times when you just can't seem to prevent ...

    Discover More
    Subscribe

    FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

    View most recent newsletter.

    Comments

    If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

    What is six less than 9?

    2018-04-23 08:40:32

    Terry

    Please be very careful when using commercial solutions. Do not use them with non-pvc pipes as you risk 'burning' through the pipe and creating a leak, which then also needs to be repaired. Read the labels carefully before using any of these, particularly if you live in an older home.


    Newest Tips
    Subscribe

    FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

    (Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

    View the most recent newsletter.