Environmentally Friendly Drain Cleaning Methods
No matter if you have a buy to let insurance policy or one of the many other policy types available, there are still some dirty jobs that as a landlord even your insurance policy can't help you with. A blocked drain is one of those jobs.
For many landlords, there is usually only one solution for a blocked drain - industrial chemicals. But as more and more landlords are finding, you don't need to use potentially dangerous chemicals for simple blockages. There are in fact a number of far less toxic ways of clearing a blockage.
Baking Soda Drain Cleaner
If the drain hasn't reached the stage where water has backed up the pipe, try pouring a cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda), swiftly followed by 3 cups of boiling water. The heat of the water will change the chemical composition of the baking soda, with the ultimate effect of making it more alkaline. If the drain doesn't clear straight away, repeat the process a few more times.
Vinegar and Baking Soda: The Bubbling Method
When vinegar and baking soda are combined, gas is created; lots of bubbling and fizzing. This reaction can help to unclog blockages. As with the baking soda technique, add the baking soda, the three cups of boiling water - and then the vinegar.
Enzyme Drain Un-blocker and Rubbish Disposal
Natural living enzyme drain cleaners break down organic matter. It's a good idea to use such an enzyme cleaner roughly once a month - as well as cleaning the drain it will also reduce unwanted smells. Colonies of enzymes will remain in your drainage system, breaking down matter as and when it passes through the pipes.
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