A clogged drain in the shower is a common concern that may arise for residents of Northridge apartments. The clog forms from soap residue and hair that gets stuck in the drain and builds up over time. By taking measures to remove the clog with environmentally friendly options, you will be able to clear out the pipes and prevent future clogs.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
An environmentally friendly option to clear a clog in your shower is through baking soda and vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain of your shower. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the drain and then cover the drain. Make sure the entire drain is covered up.
The reaction between baking soda and vinegar will break down the soap residue and the hair that causes the clog. Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes, and then pour boiling water into your shower. The boiling water stops the reaction and helps get everything moving down the drain.
Baking Soda and Salt
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of using baking soda and vinegar in your shower, then you can opt for an alternative using baking soda and salt. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of salt. Pour the entire mixture down the drain.
Allow the salt and baking soda mixture to sit for a half hour or as long as you prefer. Keep in mind that you want to let it sit for longer when you have a stubborn or severe clog in your shower. Pour boiling water into your drain. The boiling water stops any interactions with materials in the clog and pushes everything down the drain. You can keep this mixture in your drain overnight without worrying about damage to your pipes. It is safe and environmentally friendly.
A plunger is a traditional method of removing a minor clog from your pipes. If your shower is draining slower than usual, then get a plunger, add some water to your shower, and place the plunger firmly over your drain. Make sure it seals properly and covers the entire drain. Push down firmly and repeat the process. The pressure from the plunger forces the warm water in your shower down into the drain at a fast pace. That forces the clog to move down the drain and knocks it loose from the pipes.
Removing clogs from your shower does not mean you must use harmful chemicals. You can opt for environmentally friendly alternatives that clear your shower's pipes without the risks. To learn more about clearing pipes in apartments in Northridge, CA or to see available rentals, contact us today.