Need To Clean Your Drains? 3 Tips To Using Hot Water To Dislodge Obstructions

Posted on: 29 December 2016


In general, you only need to clean your drains on an as-needed basis. This basically means that you really don't have to do anything until you notice gurgling sounds coming from your drain or until you notice your water being drained much more slowly than before. Before calling a professional plumber, you can see whether hot water will do the trick in dislodging whatever obstructions are stuck inside. A combination of heat, pressure and force may be all that you need to clean your drains. Here are 3 tips to follow when trying this trick out.

Try Using Hotter Water and Increasing the Frequency

If at first the hot water doesn't work, try again with hotter water. The obstruction might not be dislodged simply because you're not using enough heat. Crank the hot water boiler to higher temperatures before trying again. Boil water in a tea kettle and wait until steam starts rushing out. You want to pour hot water immediately into your drain to see whether hotter water will do the trick. This basically means that there wasn't sufficient heat during the first time you tried.  

In the event that you still don't see a difference in the overall performance of your drain, try either pouring more hot water into the drain for a longer period of time or pouring more hot water several times into the drain. For example, you might want to continuously pour hot water for at least several minutes nonstop into the drain or you might want to let the drain rest for a bit before pouring more hot water in for shorter periods of time. This basically increases the amount of pressure or force that is being used to remove the obstruction.

Cover the Drain to Allow More Hot Water to Collect Within the Basin First

Simply pouring hot water into the drain might not be sufficient. While the heat from the hot water might attempt to dislodge the obstruction, it might not be pushing against the obstruction with enough force and pressure to loosen it. To overcome this issue, you want to first cover the drain with some type of stopper that comes with either a string or chain attached. Next, you want to pour hot water directly into the basin before plucking the stopper out. This will cause the hot water to rush with a much stronger force and pressure into the drain, which might help in dislodging the clog.

Add Some Vinegar into the Hot Water

Before calling it quits and calling a professional plumber, try adding a bit of vinegar into the hot water. The vinegar will basically eat away at any grease or grime that has accumulated on the surfaces of the drain. This loosens up the obstruction, making it easier to flush it away. You don't have to add a lot of vinegar. Just a splash will do. 


You'd be surprised at just how easy it is to clean your drain without the need of any professional equipment or tools. Sometimes, all that you need is hot water. Still, you're going to have to play around with the temperature of the water, as well as the frequency of which the boiled water is poured into the drain, in order to find a combination that works for your plumbing.

For more information, you may want to contact a company such as Walters Environmental Services.