Is there anything worse than clogged drains?
We really don’t think so. The mess. The smell. The effort to find a plumber. The expense.
And it always, ALWAYS happens on a (bank holiday) weekend!
It’s a nightmare. No, it’s the nightmare of nightmares!
As you probably have guessed by now – this has happened to us recently.
But this time around, we made the best of the situation. We asked around, called in a few experts (read: homeowners), and tested a whole bunch of drain cleaners.
And so, we did not only end up with unclogged pipes, but also with the knowledge of what the best drain cleaners currently available are. And here’s the list for you:
Green Gobbler DISSOLVE Liquid Hair & Grease Clog Remover
Green Gobbler’s Dissolve liquid drain clog remover is easy to use, yet effective. This product is the simplest way to free-flowing drains and pipes!
The Green Gobbler comes with a revolutionary formula that is safer to use than other drain openers (using sodium hydroxide) and that works incredibly fast and reliably. The cleaner dissolves hair, soap, paper, grease, and everything else organic that clings to your drains. But what’s more, it also helps them to keep working! The ultra-thick formula clings to the pipes and keeps water in them free-flowing.
The eco-friendly, biodegradable drain cleaner works within minutes, is incredibly easy to use (no measuring or mess thanks to the dual-chamber bottle) and is safe to use in pipes. toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers.
- Fast and reliable
- Helps to keep pipes free
- For use in pipes, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers,…
- Safe for all septic systems
- Not flammable
- Non-corrosive –> won’t damage pipes
Drano Max Gel Clog Remover
Drano’s Max Gel is a great drain cleaner that dissolves even the toughest clogs fast and efficiently.
The powerful formula cuts through standing water straight to where it’s power is needed and gets to work on hair, soap scum, and other gunky clogs within just 7 minutes (and can be left sitting in the pipe over night in the hardest cases). It is safe for all pipes (PVC, metal) and can even be used in garbage disposal and septic systems.
Not for use in toilets!
- Efficient and fast
- Cuts through standing water and goes straight to the clog
- Works best on hair, soap scum, and other gunky clogs
- Works after just 7 minutes
- Safe to be left in pipes over night
- For all types of pipes, garbage disposal & septic systems
- NOT for use in toilets!
Rockwell Labs Invade Bio Drain Gel
Rockwell’s InVade technology Bio Drain Gel works more effectively than other chemical cleaners when it comes to removing organic matter.
The ultra-thick formula contains natural microbes and citrus oil for efficient cleaning and odour elimination. The powerful probiotics in the gel literally eat and digest organic matter and only activate when in contact with their “food source” (i.e. organic debris). The gel clings to the sides of drains and pipes, providing a thorough cleaning effect and protection against new build-up.
Only 4 oz. gel required per cleaning, and the product can be used daily as well as when required.
- Completely biological/organic
- No chemicals, no fumes
- Contains citrus oil
- Natural, probiotic microbes feed on clog and removes it
- Only 4 oz. per use
- Can be used daily or when needed
Professor Amos’ SuperFast Drain Cleaner
Professor Amos’ Super Fast Drain Cleaner gets the job done fast. It speedily unclogs stopped up or slow drains all over your home.
The Super Fast is a less caustic and dangerous than some competitors, and is safe to use in all types of plumbing including PVC and copper pipes, public sewage systems, septic tanks, and cesspools. It’s the perfect helper in any room – kitchens, bathrooms, powder rooms, laundry tubs, and floor drains.
The well-known (“as seen on TV!”) cleaner dissolves hair, grease, food, an even easily breaks through tough clogs. It is easy and safe to use, and you can get 4-6 treatments out of a bottle.
- Less caustic than competitors
- Safe to use on all plumbing
- Safe for public sewage system and septic tanks
- Dissolves hair, grease and food
- 4-6 treatments per bottle
Roebic SGP – Soap, Grease and Paper Digester
Roebic’ SPG Digester is a unique product that dissolves soaps, grease and paper clogs.
It is biodegradable, easy to use and safe for all types of pipes. Roebic’s drain cleaner can also be used in septic systems, showers, as well as laundry drains and helps to ensure problem-free operations.
- Dissolves soap, grease, and paper clogs
- Safe for use in all types of pipe
- Can be used in septic systems, shower, and laundry drains
- Very easy to use
Q: Why do drains clog in the first place?
Clogged drains are typically the result of a number of factors coming together.
Clogs typically consist of some or all of the following: hair, soap scum, particles, grease, re-solidified fats, food remains, paper, and everything else that somehow ends up going down any given drain.
Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent clogs?
There are a number of small things you can do to discourage the buildup, but typically a full or partial clog will happen from time to time, no matter what you do.
So, what can you do?
- Keep fats and oils away from drains! It should go without saying anyway, but your cooking oils do not belong in the sink! On a larger scale, they are really not good when brought into the eco system, on a smaller scale, they solidify in combination with other food particles and clog up the drain.
- Pour hot water down the drain. And much of it. The next time you’re making yourself a cup of tea, boil the whole kettle and pour all excess water down the sink. The same principle applies to your bathroom – rinse the drains with plenty of hot water regularly in oder to dissolve soap and toothpaste remains.
- Use strainers. And empty them! Strainers in your sinks, shower, and tub catch a lot of hair that would otherwise go down the drain (and collect there). They are a great way of keeping things open and flowing, but you NEED to regularly clean them, otherwise the problem just moves up a bit!
Q: Anything I need to know/consider before buying a drain cleaner?
Most importantly: make sure the cleaner is safe to use with the type of pipe you have, or the location of your clog!
Some cleaners, for example, generate a LOT of heat while working. They typically are not safe to use with PVC pipes.
Other cleaners can deal with about anything, but can never be used in toilets.
Check and double check your product for intended way of use!!!! We really can’t stress this enough!
(Another thing you might have a think about is chemical vs. biological cleaners. But neither will compromise your safety, so we won’t make any recommendations about this here.)