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Does Drano Work in Standing Water?

In Cleaning, Cleaning Products, Home Tips by Jamie

Walking into a room to find standing water in your tub or sink isn’t something anybody wants to see. Unfortunately, this is an all too common issue for many people. Normally, Drano is the immediate answer to any issues with your drains but is it okay to use Drano when you have standing water?

The short answer to that question is, yes Drano works in Standing water. However, there’s one specific Drano product you need to use if you find that you have standing water: Drano Max Gel Clog Remover. It’s important to use this product when you have standing water because other Drano products will have a difficult time working properly.

In this article, we’ll explain in further detail whether or not you should put Drano in standing water and how to do so if you choose to.

Can You Put Drano in Standing Water?

Drano can absolutely be used in standing water. However, the only way you’ll actually fix the problem is by using Drano gel instead of the liquid, granule, or crystal formulas. Regardless of which product you choose to use, it’s best to scoop out as much of the standing water as you can before getting started.

This way, you can have an easier time accessing the access drain and the Drano can get right to work rather than navigating through water first.

Which Product Do You Use in Standing Water?

Because Drano gel is thicker and heavier than water, it can be used when you have standing water in your sink or tub. However, it’s still important to scoop out as much water as you can so you don’t risk the water messing with the integrity of the gel on its way to the drain.

Drano Max Gel Drain Clog Remover and Cleaner for Shower or Sink Drains, Unclogs and Removes Hair, Soap Scum, Blockages, 80 oz

What to Do When the Gel Won’t Sink?

If you find that your Drano gel isn’t sinking into the drain, there are a few things you should do. Each of the suggestions listed below will help unclog your drain and lead your Drano gel down to where it needs to go.

1. Use More Drano

Sometimes you may just not have enough Drano in the drains. You could try adding some more Drano to the area to see if more weight helps the gel sink into the pipes. However, the fact that your Drano gel isn’t sinking may be due to its inability to actually get into the pipe. There could be a large obstruction in the pipes that is preventing water and other liquids from getting through.

2. Snake Your Drain

Just like with the previous tip, there may be something completely blocking the area. Use a drain snake to try coaxing at least a little bit of the obstruction out. Once you’ve loosened it up a bit, the gel should have an easier time making its way through your drain and getting to work.

3. Plunge The Clog

Plunging the clog can also help dislodge pesky obstructions. However, if you’re working in a sink then there is something you need to keep in mind. The overflow hole should be sealed while you’re plunging or else the plunger won’t be able to create the force it needs from the suction.

Final Thoughts

All in all, we know Drano works in standing water but only if you use Drano gel. Using liquid, crystals, or granules can actually lead to a bigger mess and it won’t do what you need it to until you can get the standing water out of the way.

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About the Author

Jamie

Jamie is the Founder of My Home Dwelling. He is a homeowner and enjoys sharing his homeowner tips with others. He has real estate experience working as a new home construction Realtor. Jamie has worked on numerous residential construction sites helping with interior and exterior renovations. He loves refinishing furniture, DIY home projects, and sharing his knowledge online.