3-Step Guide For Unclogging Your Main Sewer Line Without Using Harsh Chemicals

Posted on: 6 April 2015


If you have noticed your sinks are backing up and your toilet is gurgling whenever water is drained, your main sewer line is probably starting to clog up. While there are chemical clog removers, they have harsh chemicals that eat away at pipes and harm the water supply. Instead, use the following three-step guide for naturally clearing the line without using chemicals.

Step 1:  Use A Snake Through The Main Sewer Cleanout Pipe

Before using your homemade clog remover, a plumber's snake is used to clean any large obstacles out of the pipes. These include grease build-up, tree roots, and any foreign objects that have been flushed, such as food or feminine hygiene products. Doing this step first gives the clog remover room to work.

Depending on your preference, a manual or powered plumber's snake can be used. However, if you have a large clog, the powered snake will give you the right amount of pressure to force its way through without damaging the pipes.

The first thing you will need to do is find your sewer cleanout pipe. Once you have found it, remove the access cap and begin feeding the snake into the pipe until you feel resistance. Once this is felt, you have reached the clog.

Take your time working on the clogged area by slowly rotating the manual snake's wheel or reducing the power on the powered one. If you go too quickly or try to use too much pressure, you could bust the sewer line. This could lead to you needing to replace it.

Once you feel little to no resistance, go on to the next step.

Step 2:  Pour In A Homemade Clog Remover

After removing the bulk of the clog, this step involves pouring a homemade clog remover down your drains. The remover uses baking soda and white distilled vinegar. The reaction between the two breaks down grease and thoroughly cleans away any remaining dirt or debris.

The clog remover is poured down each drain to clean the secondary lines as well as the main one. For each drain, directly pour in a half of a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar.

Once you have poured the ingredients down the drain, plug it to keep the foaming action from escaping out of the pipes. Allow the remover to set for an hour without running any water. After the hour has passed, go on to the next step.

Step 3:  Plunge And Flush The Drains With Water

After giving the clog remover time to work, take a plunger to each drain. The pressure from the plunger should break the clog free. Give each drain ten plunges, replacing the plugs after each one.

As you complete plunging each drain and plug them, fill the sinks and bathtub with hot water. When you finish all of them, unplug the drains and let the water simultaneously empty into the sewer line. The pressure caused from all of them draining at once should remove the clog and flush the main sewer line.

If you notice that a drain is still slow, use the plunger on it. Give it five plunges and see if there is any difference. There could have been a small clog in one of the secondary sewer lines. Repeat until the water drains quickly.

After the initial clearing, the above steps can be repeated every other month to prevent the main line from clogging up. However, if you do not see any improvement in drainage or suspect the line has busted, you may want to contact a company like Drain-O-Rooter that specializes in sewer line replacement to discuss your options.