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Steps to Make Your Own Drain Cleaner Without Resorting to Chemicals

When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, you may automatically think that the quick fix will involve spending cash for a caustic and potentially toxic drain cleaner. However, you have other options aside from that. Instead of spending time and money snaking your drain, you could make your own drain cleaner by using common and inexpensive household ingredients. There are common methods for making a drain cleaner that you do all by yourself. Consider this how-to guide to help you make and apply a homemade drain cleaner without resorting to chemicals or other expensive methods.



So, the next time that you’ll encounter a clog, scour your kitchen cabinets instead and look for these materials and tools:

– Bucket
– Paper towels
– ½ cup baking soda
– ½ cup salt
– 1/8 cup cream of tartar (approximately 2 tablespoons)
– Mason jar
– 2 cups boiling water
– Rubber gloves


Then, follow these steps:

  • Get your small bucket and shovel out any accumulated water in the sink or tub. Then, remove the drain cover and try to clean around the inside edges of the top of the drain using any old bathroom cleaner. If you’ll see any hair or soap scum near the surface, use the paper towel to reach in and pull it out.
  • In the mason jar, mix the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. The purpose of the salt and baking soda is to help break up the clog. Meanwhile, the cream of tartar which will hang out on your spice rack or with your baking supplies will help clean the metals. With the lid on the mason jar, shake the components well before pouring it down the drain.
  • After that, pour two cups of boiling water down the drain and let it sit for at least an hour.
  • Next, try to run water on the sink or tub for a few minutes in order to clear the homemade cleaner from your drain and make sure that the clog is gone. If there’s still residual powder, use the paper towels to clean it up.

So, that’s a quick and low-cost solution for a clogged drain. To avoid future clogs, make cleaning your drain a part of your regular routine. For a more complicated drain problem, you may need other tools and materials aside from those mentioned above. Try to visit the best plumbing shop in Australia.

On the other hand, if the problem seems greater, it’s time to call a professional plumber to do the task for you. You may contact us at http://www.youplumbing.com.au. Our highly-skilled plumbers will help you to ensure that your needs are met and that you and your family can enjoy your home comfortably and worry-free.

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Troubleshoot a Leaky Washing Machine

In times of a washing machine malfunction you must be able to assess whether it’s an easy fix which you can try to do or it might require you to call a professional to do the repair. The washing machine may be one of the most used appliances in our house.

Here in Australia, an average family washes eight loads of laundry per week! Knowing this, it is no longer a wonder that any moment the washing machine might cause a puddle of water to appear in your laundry room. Before you go grab the phone and call us here in You Plumbing, here are some simple steps we can share to you to assess the severity of your washing machine’s malfunction.


If you want to elevate your washing machine using a pedestal, make sure the surface is even. Uneven pedestal will cause water to leak whenever you spin your washing machine. Sometimes, there really isn’t any problem with your washing machine’s parts just its position. But if the leak is from behind your washer, try to check whether you removed the manufacturer’s temporary drain plug or if you accidentally left it attached to the drain hose. If you just left behind the drain plug just turn off the waterline , pull out the plug then reattached the drain hose.

After you inspect that you did not accidentally leave the plastic plug, it’s time to inspect the hoses for other signs of clogs, loose connectors or other damage that might cause the leaking. What you think is a leak might just be blockage in your hoses.

Clogged hoses prevent water to be drained so it overflows mimicking a leak. If in the instance that you’ve already made sure the pedestal is even, and the hoses are not clogged yet water still leaks from your washer, it’s time to inspect the pump. A pump gets plugged with dirt and debris which you can easily solve by cleaning your washer’s trap. You can also try to drain the hose from its outlet to better inspect it.

When you’ve followed all these simple steps in inspecting your washing machine and you still can’t pin point why it still leaks, then you can always call or visit us at You Plumbing and we’ll be more than happy to help fix the leak in your washer.

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How to Prevent Toilet Clogs

Ever had one of those toilet clogs? The ones that happen right after you use the toilet and then you know that you won’t be able to use it for the next few hours because you need to call the plumber again? If you already have experienced that kind of trouble, then it is obvious that you never want to go through the same things again.

Here are some ways for you to be able to prevent toilet clogs in the future:

prevent-toilet-clogs1. Put a small garbage can near your toilet so that you won’t be tempted to throw anything into the toilet.

2. Line this garbage can with a plastic bag so that when it gets full, all you have to do is to remove the plastic bag and throw the garbage outside.

3. Store additional bathroom bags in the cabinet so that you won’t find it hard to replace the ones that you have emptied and thrown away.

4. Use light toilet paper. This will give tremendous help when it comes to being assured that you won’t have toilet clogs anymore.

There are a lot more causes for toilet clogs and one of those is the famous wipe cleaners. The disposable ones, even when they are marketed to be flushable, they are not. Baby wipes also fall into this category, along with many feminine products such as tampons, mini pads, and pads. Keep in mind that all of this stuff should be thrown in the flush and not down your toilet if you want to prevent toilet clogs from happening in the future.

Meanwhile, for severe problems concerning your toilets, all you have to do is give You Plumbing a call and we will give you a hundred percent guarantee that we will be there to assist you and solve your toilet problems in no time.

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