Forum Title: Cleaning drains with bleach
I realize this is my third question today, but thought it better to separate them. Furthermore, I searched this forum for answers first before asking, but didn't find specifics. People seem to be split whether to use bleach to clean, disinfect, etc. in a drain. We think the recent cluster of flies that hang out by a large kitchen window are coming from the kitchen drain. Unfortunately, they look like regular house flies (although they move a little slower), not pictures of Drain flies I've seen. When I plug the drain, there are very little to no flies.Q: is it okay to pour 1 cup of bleach followed by hot water (or a water/bleach ratio) in the drain? * we have a garbage disposal * we do not use any ammonia products near the drain * no septic tank Will this harm the disposal? If it's okay to use, do I let it sit for sometime? I tried the vinegar/baking soda method a few times, but not sure if it's effective.
Category: Plumber Post By: DEBBIE HARVEY (Chula Vista, CA), 08/02/2016

Before you go dumping bleach down the garbage disposal try try lemon peels and a bunch of ice

- TRACY YANG (Kalamazoo, MI), 09/05/2017

If you are on a septic system, no. You will ruin the good bacteria. If on a city sewer, not a problem.

- RAYMOND SCOTT (Ankeny, IA), 10/01/2017

Thanks, I regularly use citrus peels, ice (and vinegar/baking soda.) Are you recommending this because of any ill-effects of bleach on the environment, because it will due harm to the disposal unit, or other?

- RON VAUGHN (Boulder, CO), 10/10/2017

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