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Old 05-19-2015, 12:29 PM
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We have a stubborn sloooooow draining sink in our kitchen. As a general rule, we don't use any cleaning chemicals, but this definitely requires something stronger than vinegar and baking soda so I'm going to try draino before I call a plumber. The bottle says right on it to not breathe in the fumes, so I'm not convinced that if it's safe to use around birds. That said, the smell isn't strong at all unless I stick my nose right in the bottle.

The directions are to pour the bottle in the drain and wait for 30 minutes, then flush with hot water. I could take the cage outside if need be, but I'm not sure how long I need to leave it outside. I also have young kids who are in and out of the house all day long, so to stay outside WITH the bird is really tricky (and there is a lot of wildlife here, and a LOT of birds).

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Is there an upstairs or far away room with a door you could carry the cage to?
I would do that. That way, the bird will still be safely away from the kitchen but still be in the house. If the only room with a door is right by the kitchen, I would plug up the door cracks with towels to prevent any microscopic residual fumes from creeping in. But I'm paranoid like that.
As long as you don't take him out of the room until there is no trace of the chemical and you have rinsed everything well, I'm sure he'll be fine.
Also, if at all possible, I would open the windows while you work to diffuse the chemical fumes.
This is generally the strategy I use whenever there's smoke from burnt oil in the kitchen, I'm using a non-stick pan (which is rarely, I only use it to make Crepes once in a blue moon) or if we are painting, or anything similar.
Hope this helps and best of luck with your stubborn drain, I do hate it when they get clogged!
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Draino is glorified bleach.

The birds should be alright, but an ounce of prevention, etc....

(but you probably only need a bucket to catch the water from when you undo the P trap under the sink, then you can clean the clog out. It's disgusting, but easy - and cheaply - done)
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The plumber told us NEVER to use draino (or related products)... I can damage pipes even tho it says not and if some is left in a spot of the drain it can pose a hazard to them. " there is a product that uses compressed air to blow clogs out of the drain but it can be messy... We used it in an upper apartment and the clog was further down than the lower apartment.. The compressed air blew pipe sludge all over their kitchen... (Oops) lol. That will teach them to pour grease down the drain.. (We didn't know it would do that, but karma has a way) have you tried soda and vinegar followed by boiling water?
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I agree with what StarlingWings says. I wouldn't leave your budgie alone outside, so if your kids are running around, better to find a good place inside. Good luck on getting the clog out!
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[QUOTE= have you tried soda and vinegar followed by boiling water?[/QUOTE]

With having two small dogs, one short hair who sheds a lot and tends to clog the bathroom drain, the baking soda+vinegar and lots and lots of hot water does the trick. The trick is LOTS of hot water. I have big canning pots with boiling water to use down the drain. It sure helps for us.
Just be careful with small children and boiling water. Don't want anyone to get hurt.
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Thanks everyone!! Sorry I didn't get to the replies sooner. It's been a busy week!

I did try the baking soda / vinegar trick, but it didn't work AT ALL. It didn't occur to me to boil the water though. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow.

I would normally NEVER use a product like draino (I'm very anti-chemical), but this drain...!!! It's just driving me nuts. When I wash my dishes, the bubbles back up into the other sink, and it the first one just drains slower than I think it should. We just bought this house about six months ago, so we might even just call someone in to make sure that everything is draining the way it's supposed to be. We're also planning to replace the entire sink (and it's pipes), so I might just tough it out.

I'll try the vinegar again with boiling water. Do you have any tricks as to how to get the baking soda in the pipes though? It seems that it won't easily get past that grate thingy on the drain. I wish there was a way to remove it completely, but I don't think there is...
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You could try placing a little on the grate and tamping it down with the back of a spoon...a bit laborious, I know...also, might try boiling the the vinegar...hope your drain problem is fixed soon for you...very annoying
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