Over time and use, grease and organic particles, like food or hair, build up on in your drain and cause a blockage. Before you call a plumber you may first want to try to clear the blockage yourself by cleaning away debris by hand, pouring hot water down the drain or using a plunger. If this doesn’t work, then you might need something a bit more substantial and we recommend you call your licensed professional plumber to help you.
A few things to know before you buy chemical drain cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners melt the grease that blocks the drain by producing chemical reactions to generate heat. There are three types of chemical cleaners: caustic, oxidizing and acid. There are two kinds, chemical or enzyme, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Please us caution when using and storing chemicals in your home.The fumes are toxic; they can burn your eyes, damage drain traps and erode pipes. If you decide to use a chemical drain cleaner, make sure to read the instructions, ventilate the area well, keep it away from children and pets and wear rubber gloves.
A safer choice is Enzymatic drain cleaners, they are more environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical drain cleaners. They contain bacteria or enzymes that feed on organic material, unclogging the drain. However, they work slowly, requiring hours instead of minutes to accomplish the task. It can be harder to find these types of drain cleaners and they have a shorter shelf life.
As always, we recommend calling your trusted professional plumber to help you with your drain issues