how to Dissolve Plastic in a Drain
When it comes to tackling a clog in the kitchen or bathroom sink, you might think that pouring hot water down the drain is your best option. This could lead to an even bigger problem, though! If you pour boiling water down a plastic pipe, this can cause the plastic to become brittle and break.
There are two other options for this not to happen: try using baking soda and vinegar separately or combine them before pouring them into the drain. They work by breaking up soap scum and hair that have built up over time and dissolving the plastics which clog drains.
So your pipes will be clear of gunk with just one application! In this blog post, we will guide you through how to dissolve plastic in a drain. So keep reading this blog post till the end to get some idea.
8 Reasons Why You Should Dissolve Plastic in a Drain?
Plastic is a pain to deal with, especially if you have household pets. Here are ten reasons why you should dissolve the plastic in a drain:
- Flushing plastic down the drain can result in clogs or further problems related to sediment build-up.
- Plastic tends to accumulate over time and causes slow running water. That also leads to leaks, which are not suitable for your wallet, building foundation, or the environment around you. It’s good for no one.
- Toxic gases can be emitted from plastics. It is an added danger for those with breathing problems, such as asthma or emphysema.
- Animals start to chew on plastic which can cause them to become ill and die.
- The more you dissolve the plastic in a drain, the less time it will take to clean up your property if a disaster occurs.
- You can save lots of time and money by dissolving plastic in a drain instead of going to the local hardware store to get a fancy product that won’t dissolve all your plastic anyway. Some products even create toxic fumes when misused.
- Recycling plastic increases energy consumption and results in higher greenhouse gas emissions.
- Most products that help dissolve plastics do not work well (and sometimes create toxic fumes) and are more costly than hot water, baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar.
10 Ways on How to Dissolve plastic in a Drain:
Here are some ways on how to dissolve plastic in a drain to make removing it easier later on.
1) Use boiling water:
Boil a pot of water and add it to the drain. The heat from the boiling hot water should melt the plastic so that when you flush it down with cold water, it will be much easier to remove.
2) Use a blow dryer:
Some people theorize that if you use a blow dryer on hot and aim it into the drain for about 15 minutes, this should melt the plastic as well. I don’t know if this works or not, as I’ve never tried it myself. It sounds like it would work, though.
3) Use a plunger:
Use a plunger in a sink or shower if possible. If not a plunger, you can try using an auger (a coiled metal spiral strip) or a “snake” (auger without the handle). Put the end of the plunger in the drain and pump it to create suction. Do this repeatedly until you can’t do it anymore, then flush with hot water. If this doesn’t work, move on to another method.
4) Use a hot metal rod:
Get an iron rod (or other long, fragile metal material) and heat it with a propane torch. Then, put the end of the heated metal into the drain opening and push it down to heat or melt (just enough to make it go into the drain). When you pull it back out, hopefully, there will be a hole melted in the plastic so you can flush it down (or use another method).
5) Use a chemical drain cleaner:
Many people recommend using a chemical drain cleaner, such as Liquid-Plumr, and pouring it down the drain to dissolve the plastic clog. This is probably your best bet out of all 10 methods. Just make sure you follow the directions on the bottle and wear safety gear (goggles and gloves). This method is also likely to be the most effective.
6) Use a hot water extractor:
Use an extractor pump (it looks like a shop-vac and attaches to your sink), then pour boiling hot water and cold water on the other side. The extractor pulls the clog up from the drain so you can remove it. This is often the most efficient method, but it requires access to an extractor pump or shop-vac.
7) Use a pressure washer:
This method only works if you have one of those nifty new pressure washers with all sorts of attachments (including one that goes into the drain). If you do, attach the hose with the pressure washer and push it into the drain. Next, turn on the pressure washer (with cold water) and aim for the clog. This should blast right through that plastic!
8) Use a wet/dry vac:
Attach the hose from a wet/dry vac as you push it into the drain. Then turn it on and try to suck up all of that plastic. This method is similar to the pressure washer but is often more effective if your wet/dry vacuum has a larger suction capacity than a pressure washer does.
9) Use a cable auger:
An auger is a long metal spiral strip attached to a handle. You push and turn the handle to propel the strip into the drain and hopefully remove anything that’s stuck in there (including plastic). This method is often effective but can damage pipes if you do it too hard or too much. So use this method only to get the rest of the plastic out.
10) Use a hot oil treatment:
Mix vegetable or peanut oil with borax as you pour it down the drain. Let this mixture sit for an hour and then run boiling hot water through the drain. This should dissolve any remaining plastic clog and make your drain nice and clean once again.
Some Tips and Suggestions:
- Always use a machine or a plunger to get rid of the gunk stuck in your drains.
- If you use natural remedies, make sure you do not have any chemical cleaners in your drain because they might worsen the plastic.
- You may want to get garbage disposal if possible because it will get rid of the plastic quickly.
- When shopping for a drain cleaner, make sure it is not corrosive or toxic to humans. It also needs to be effective against oil, grease, and hair.
- Do not use boiling water because it will corrode your house’s main components: metal, mostly steel or iron.
- Do not use harsh chemicals like lye because it will corrode any metal in the drain. It might even corrode some plastic but do not rely on that to happen.
- If you want to get rid of plastic stuck in your drain, you can try using rubber gloves and vinegar but be warned that this will take a lot of time and effort.
In summary, here are the steps on how to dissolve plastic in a drain. First, you will need a bucket and some boiling water. Then pour hot water down your drain until it is full of water halfway up the pipe opening on top of the sink or bathtub. Next, place a few drops of dish soap into the bucket (or use an entire bottle).
Place the pot with boiling water over this air vent for ventilation purposes before placing it on top of your sink or tub’s drain hole so that all its steam goes directly inside. Let sit overnight and check back tomorrow morning!
This method is effective at dissolving most types of plastics like rubber gloves, food wrappers, etc. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please post them in the comment section below. Thank you for reading!
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