Drain cleaning recipes

In the old days dogs and rats were used to clean sewers.

In the early years, before specialized equipment came along to help clean sewers, one unique approach to drain cleaning was practiced:

First a rat was caught and put in a cage which was set down in the invert of the sewer at a manhole. Next a rat terrier dog was put into the next downstream manhole; with a tag line tied to it. When the dog sensed the presence of the rat, he would run up through the sewer towards the cage … dragging the tag line with him.

The dog was then lifted to the surface and the tag line used to pull through a rope — which, in turn, was used to insert heavier tools, etc., into the sewer. The Early Years of Sewer Maintenance.

Slow drain? Try a safe homemade drain cleaner recipe. The good news is you don’t need a rat or a dog… 

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into drain and then add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
  2. Cover lightly for 15-30 minutes. Mixture should foam.
  3. Then flush with water for a minute.
  4. Repeat on tougher clog.
  5. Try this monthly to keep your drains open.

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