- Put on your rubber gloves and remove the cover from the drain by unscrewing it with the screwdriver.
- Insert the pipe-cleaning brush into the drain as far as it will go, then work it in and out to loosen the rust and remove any big chunks.
- Pour rust cleaner over the brush and about 1/2 cup down the drain. Re-insert the brush in the drain and work it in and out for a couple minutes, then pour another 2 cups or so down the drain and allow it to soak for half an hour to an hour.
- Pour 1 or 2 gallons of water through the drain to run the rust remover out of the pipe, then reconnect the cover for the drain with the screwdriver.
How to Clean a Rusty Drain
Rust is a common problem associated with plumbing, both indoors and outdoors. It can be found in toilet bowls, pipes and even drains; no metal or ceramic surface that comes in contact with water is immune to the effects of corrosion. Though some surfaces are less susceptible to rust than others, there is usually a way to get rid of it. If one of the drains in your home has become rusty, you can clean it with the help of a cleaning solution and a tool to make the drain accessible to you.