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Drain Clearing Methods

Drain Clearing Sink Plumbing Integrity Home Tampa

Water not draining properly? Unexplainable foul odor? The solution to these issues could be as simple as cleaning out your drains! But don’t wait. A stubborn odor or clog can quickly turn any drain into a nuisance. It could also be a sign of a much bigger plumbing problem just waiting to happen… 

Our Tampa Bay plumbing experts offer helpful tips on how to effectively clear your drains to prevent odors and clogs from occurring in the first place.  


Removing Odors 

Foul odors coming from a drain typically stem from buildup of bacteria, grease, and organic residue in the drain. Yuck! 

Fortunately, there are easy DIY solutions that can help this problem.  


  1. Treat the drain with white vinegar, baking soda, and hot water. Pour ½ cups baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup white vinegar. Plug the drain immediately and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Follow by pouring boiling water down the drain. 
  2. Use a biological cleaner such as Zep or Citra-Drain. Both are environmentally friendly and safer (key if you have a septic system) than most chemical cleaners.
  3. Remove stinky odors with ice, salt, and lemon peels. Fill the disposal with a few cups of ice, a handful of course salt, and some lemon peels. Run the disposal for about a minute or two to allow the mixture to remove any buildup.  

Tried it and the smell is still lingering? Don’t wait; call Integrity Home Solutions today to check your plumbing and see if we can get to the root of the issue. 


Removing Clogs 

A clogged drain can lead to bigger issues, so it’s best to stay on top of the problem. These DIY removal methods should temporarily do the trick.  


  1. Use a plunger. While plungers are great for unclogging toilets, they also work well on clogged sinks and tubs. Just fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover the drain and bottom. Press the plunger firmly down over the drain to create a tight seal and give it a few quick pumps.  
  2. Use a barbed plastic drain cleaning tool. Products like Zip-It Bath and Sink Hair Snare are great solutions to clear clogs near the drain opening. Just slide the tool into the drain, remove buildup, and gently pull the tool out. 
  3. Use a heating pad to melt grease clogs. Just wrap a heating pad around the trap pipe under the sink, turn on the heating pad to warm up the pipe, then run hot water through the drain until the grease clears. Genius. 
  4. Use biological cleaners. For slow or partially clogged drains, use an enzymatic or bacterial drain cleaner overnight
  5. Use a plumber’s snake. For deep clogs that are difficult to reach, a cable auger or plumber’s snake may be the way to go. Both can be purchased or rented from your local hardware store.  


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Hydro Jetting 

When you need a long-lasting solution to your clogged plumbing, hydro jetting is by far the best option! While the above methods offer easy solutions, they only temporarily fix the problems. 

Here’s the thing: the difficulties with your drains may be caused by fats, oils, and grease buildup. Over time, this will obstruct and then cause a clog. Our Tampa Bay plumbing professionals use a natural, safe product called BioOne to clear the drains and protect your plumbing and septic systems. 

We chose it because the BioOne Hungry Bacteria works immediately to break down fat, oil, grease and organic waste build-up (including hair) through what’s called natural biological digestion. This technology is not only easytouse, but affordable and safe for pipes, septic systems, and the environment. Homeowners and businesses appreciate that it’s free from harmful chemicals, and contains no added enzymes, surfactants, or emulsifiers. 

At Integrity Home Solutions, our hydro jetting process uses BioOne with highly pressurized water to effectively and permanently wipe your pipes clean. Call us for completely safe, long-lasting drain clearing results! 


Clear Clogged Drains 

Integrity Home Solutions can permanently clear clogged drains! Our Tampa Bay plumbing contractors can provide you with the best drain clearing solutions for your home. Depending on the severity and location of the clog, hydro jetting may be the perfect fix for your plumbing system. Call 813-328-1550 today to have our expert team take a look!  

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