A well-functioning drain system is vital to the health of your home. Foul odors can indicate that there is a problem with your sewer line, and it’s important to resolve those issues quickly. The good news is that you don’t have to call a plumber to do so. There are several DIY solutions for septic tank pumping drains that will save you money and can also prevent more serious problems down the road.
What is the procedure for cleaning drains?
If you have a plunger, try using it to remove a small clog. To use it effectively, remove any hair or debris from the drain area and plunge in a fluid motion with steady force for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat this several times, but don’t push down on the drain with excessive pressure or speed. This could cause the plunger to break or damage your pipes.
Baking soda and vinegar
The classic combination of baking soda and white vinegar is a natural, non-toxic drain cleaner. When mixed, they react to create a fizzing action that helps to dislodge grease and soap scum. To do this, pour one-fourth of a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Leave the mixture to work for fifteen or twenty minutes and then flush the drain with boiling water.
If your clog is not easily removed with these techniques, it may be time to call a professional. Commercial chemical drain cleaners are corrosive and can destroy your pipes, while exposure to their fumes can irritate your eyes, nose and throat. These chemical cleaners also often contain harmful ingredients that seep into the environment, contaminating water sources and poisoning wildlife.