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How to Unclog a Basement Floor Drain

Posted - 02/13/2012



A clogged basement floor drain can be a headache for many individuals and their families. Basement floor drains can become clogged for several reasons. Fungal growth, debris, algae, and other particulate matter can jam a floor drain.

Some basement floor drains have a removable cover. These covers are usually held in place by a series of screws. Removal of the drain cover will allow any visible debris to be cleared. A fishhook style cleaning rod can be a great way to clear debris from a drain.

Drain cleaners can also be effective when unclogging a basement floor drain. Most drain cleaners contain corrosive chemicals like sodium hypochlorite (bleach) or sodium hydroxide (lye). These chemicals can dissolve dirt, hair, grease, and other types of debris. These drain cleaners have a basic pH.

Professional plumbers may use an acidic solution to clear a clogged basement floor drain. Sulfuric acid is often used to eliminate any debris that is clogging a drain. While sulfuric acid is very effective at clearing a clogged drain, it can be hazardous for home use. Sulfuric acid can react with many household products to create a deadly chlorine gas. In addition, exposure to sulfuric acid can cause lung damage.
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