Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 18
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Autobroker The best way to clear a drain.
I'm going back a few years, but there was a product called Red Devil Lye that was available at the grocery store. It was very inexpensive and did a great job. Well, I heard that Lye (Sodium Hydroxide NaOH), is used to make illegal drugs, so Red Devil Lye is no longer on grocers shelves.
I was glad to find Crystal Heat at Home Depot. I read the label and yes, this is NaOH. My tenant had a clogged drain, so I did my usual routine. First, I open the window. If possible, I run hot water down the drain (if it's slow) and get the pipes nice and hot. I then pour the drain cleaner in - about a couple teaspoons, but I don't measure. I then leave the room and close the door. 10-15 minutes later, I come back in and listen to the drain. If it's still hissing and smoking, I leave for another 10-15 minutes. When there is no more noise, I run hot water down the drain and see if it cleared. If it's still clogged, I repeat. Normally, it takes about 2-3 tries and I usually do one extra to make sure the drains are really clean.
Note that the directions on the container say to run cold water, not hot. If you use my method, NEVER look down the drain and after dumping the cleaner down the drain, get out of the room. You can also leave a plastic margarine tub cover over the drain. This is caustic chemicals, so you need to use extreme caution.
October 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Billiejo Would definitely buy again.
This worked perfectly to disolve hair and grime in my bathroom sink.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Vanessa Cleared a clog nothing else could!
I had a nasty clog in a pipe in my basement that of course drained my laundry tub and kitchen sink out to the rest of the drains in the house. We have been trying everything for almost 2 months and nothing worked, not even a 25' snake. I was just about to give in and call a plumber (sick of doing dishes in the tub and laundry at a family member's house) when we tried Crystal Heat. It smoked and fizzed and took multiple applications to get to the clog so far down the pipe, but it worked! We were shocked to run water this morning to check and not have it back up!
January 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Jack Melted PVC pipes in tub drain
It got so hot that it fused two pieces of the PVC together and distorted the shape of another piece to the point the fittings where no longer water tight. Caused a real mess and needed a plumber to repair.
March 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TMan1 Works great and fast! We've tried Draino and other products with poor results. This stuff opens the drains quick. You can even hear it as soon as you pour it in.
August 6, 2009