Anything that goes down the drain and into your septic tank will eventually find its way into local groundwater systems. Harsh chemical products can interfere with the natural and beneficial bacterial action that helps break down solids inside the septic tank. Whenever possible, you should utilize biodegradable alternatives. Consider substitutes for harsh drain cleaners if you have a dirty or clogged drain.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
Remove any drain stoppers to allow easy access to the drain.
Run the hot water to get it as hot as possible for later use.
Turn the water off, and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain.
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
Allow the mixture to bubble inside the drain for several minutes.
Turn on the hot water and rinse the mixture down the drain.
Repeat steps 3 through 6 if necessary.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also use boiling water instead of hot water if you suspect the drain has grease accumulations.
- Use this cleaning technique weekly to prevent clogs.
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