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Slow or clogged drains can be extremely inconvenient, not to mention terribly stinky. Not only can the odor knock you out, but the bacteria that is growing in the drain can become dangerous, too. Drains transport some of the most disgusting substances from your home. The debris can get clogged and cause more matter to collect, causing some panic in your household!  

Never fear! Here are three key steps to unclogging drains, improving odors and preventing future situations.  

Drain cleaning, Salt Lake City

Step 1: Remove the clog 

Slow or clogged drains can occur in kitchen or bathroom sinks, toilets, or showers. Buildup and gunk cause blockages that slow water down as it is leaving the drain but also hang on to additional debris. So, what can you use to clean drains?  

Start with a plunger- even in the bathtub or sink- to clear your drain. Be sure that sinks and bathtubs have enough water in them to create a suction (cover the drain) and then plunge with quick motions in order to force the clog to move on out, clearing the drain. With kitchen sinks that have a double sink, be sure to stop the opposite sink so that a seal can be formed, and the suction can be created.  

There are tools designed for drain cleaning, such as Sink Snare and Zip-It Bath. They are designed to have back-angled barbs that will cling onto debris, such as hair, and pull them out. There are also drain cleaners that are gas or water powered and will blow out more difficult clogs.  

Chemical-based drain cleaners can be harmful to both pipes and your family’s well-being. Bacterial drain cleaner uses enzymes to break down organic material and can be left overnight in order to more completely dissolve the problematic substances. While this may be a slower process, it is safer for plumbing, people, and the environment in general.  

Step 2: How to Clean a Drain Smell 

The smells created by clogged drains are less than desirable! Here are some drain-freshening recipes that will be sure to improve the aroma!

½ cup Baking Soda, ½ cup Vinegar 

Just like elementary school science experiments, vinegar and baking soda never disappoint! Grease, bacteria, odors, and residues are no match for the powers of a baking soda and vinegar reaction! Let the mixture react for about 15 minutes and then follow up with hot water.  

Zep  and Citra-Drain 

Zep  and Citra-Drain are two enzymatic cleaners that are enviro friendly and work well to clean out the gunk and grime that form in drains.  

Step 3: Prevent Future Clogs 

  • Use drain screens 
  • Never pour grease down drains 
  • Clean drains weekly with boiling water 

If your drains need more attention, All Star Service and Repair! Our professionals have over 60 years of experience and offer a 100% guarantee plus a ten-year warranty. Visit our website for more information or call us at 801-792-2428. We are here for you and all your plumbing issues.