Do any of the liquid/crystal drain cleaners live up to their
advertising hype for periodic drain maintenance?
I live in a 1962 house with a sometimes cranky kitchen sink drain.
It's more of an annoyance than a real problem. I remember "Once in
every week; Draino in every drain".
Are any of them worth the money or is it just propoganda?
Couple that with the caustics of dishwashing detergent and you will have a
pretty clean drain.
If you have a mechanical problem, such as long runs without enough pitch,
spouses that dump large amounts of bacon fat in the drain, it may take a bit
more to keep them free flowing.
I've never had any luck with them, I always end up taking the pipes
apart and using a snake. You might also try a plunger - seal the other
side of the sink (with a wet towel held in place by someone else) and
plunge the daylights out of the other.
I called a plumber once after having dumped gobs of drano down a
bathtub drain. He came out and plunged the thing and had it fixed in a
few minutes. Showed me how to take the batchtub/shower switch thing
off and plug that hole up to improve the effectiveness of the plunging.
Pour one cup of baking soda mixed with 3 cups of boiling water down the
drain. My house is the same age as yours, and ALL of our drains seem
to be cranky at one time or another, and the baking soda has always
worked for us. (Only when it's slow - not when it's completely
blocked!) I have used it in 2 different bathroom sinks, the bathtub,
and the kitchen sink. If it's really slow, it might take doing it a
few times to get it going (I usually do 3 times a day until it starts
I read that if you do this periodically, it keeps them running
As others have mentioned, I prefer to remove the trap and try to snake
out the clog, but I had a very slow bathroom sink a few years ago that
I couldn't clear by snake or plunger, so finally I decided to try
"liquid Plumber foaming pipe snake," basically a fancy-marketed drain
It said it might take two applications, so I poured it in in the A.M.
took the family out for the day, returned in the evening, drain was
still slow. Second application cleared it pretty well until about 8-9
Again two applications of the foaming pipe snake and the drain ran
clear. That was about four-five years ago.
If you can't or won't try snaking or plunger, you really have nothing
to lose as long as you follow directions.
As an aside, I have always been pretty leery of chemical drain openers,
just because I remember my mom pouring a big can of Red Devil Lye down
the kitchen sink when I was a kid. It opened the pipe right up --
literally -- it burnt a hole in the side of the pipe under the sink....
Use a combination of baking soda and white vinegar. Safe for the
will not damage your pipes regardless of make and
I found this at
Just look under the tips section. Don't forget pour hot
after to rinse. You can do this as often as needed.
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