Hello, I have a house built in 1949
with cast iron waste pipes. I recently had them all snaked
and cleaned out.
I have heard that some bleach once a month might
help keep the drains clear. I have strainers in all the sinks and
tub to catch any hair, etc. But some does get by and I don`t want
to use a harsh drain cleaner and I thought bleach was a good
alternative. Is this true?? Thanks
I haven't tried bleach yet. I'm in a similar predicament myself. I haven't
used anything very long lasting yet, but the foaming drain opener works
well. Caustic soda works too, but it is rather harsh.
They make a drain cleaner that has enzymes which digest the organics in the
drain (yummy). These are for drains clogged by grease and hair (as opposed
to mineral deposits). They aren't harsh and seem to help. Bleach would kill
the enzymes. I'm not sure if bleach would help clear a drain. Laundry bleach
isn't even that strong for a drain cleaner. You might have sterile clogged
I'm thinking of designing a pressure washer attachment for drain cleaning. I
can replace the drain plumbing inside... but I wonder about what's in the
pipe on the other side of the foundation.
I read this hint in this newsgroup and found that it really works and is
safe for septic systems. Bring a couple of gallons of water to a boil,
preheat the pipes by running the hot water faucet for a couple of minutes,
then pour the boiling water down the drain. This works great for tubs and
sinks. Do NOT pour boiling water into the toilet.
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