Instant Power Main Line Cleaner clears clogged main sewer lines and lateral/vertical lines. Powerful, non-acid formula dissolves hair, grease, paper and other gunk in drains. Safe for all pipes (including PVC) and septic systems.
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87%of customersrecommend this product103 of 118reviews
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87%of customersrecommend this product103 of 118reviews
About every year or two we would have a backup in our main line and had tried various chemical treatments, but none of them had worked. My brother is a plumber and would have to snake the almost 100 ft. main line which usually took 2 hours each time to free the blockage. He suspected there was a belly in the line somewhere that would accumulate grease, debris, toilet paper, and other things that would normally break down quickly. My wife read about this product and I bought 2 gallons to try. I poured both gallons in at night and in the morning poured about 4 gallons of boiling water followed by hot water. After a couple minutes it backed up again. I waited 10 more minutes and checked, to my amazement the water had receded. Followed by 10 minutes of hot water and the line is clear. Now I don't have to call little brother the plumber except to tell him this product works!!!!!!!!
I live in a house full of girls so at first I thought our toilet was clogged again. After an unsuccessful plunge attempt, I noticed during my plunging that water was coming up out of the shower drain. My wife quickly tried the other bathroom and the same thing occurred. So we had an obvious main sewer line problem. I ran to Home Depot to give this stuff a try. I poured it in the shower drain closest to the main right before bed. Make sure you allow the water to drain the best it can before putting it in. I got up the next morning and ran hot water through the drain for 5 minutes. And WOW! It really worked!
I had the usual symptoms of a backup in my main sewer line: when you flushed the toilet or did a load of laundry, nasty water would start coming out of another drain in a different part of the house. I almost called a plumber but happened to stumble across this product. It is basically a gallon of pure lye, a powerful corrosive that can dissolve anything organic. I poured it in a bathroom sink, didn't use the water for 6 hours, then flushed the toilet. I heard a slight rumbling under the floor and PRESTO! The plumbing is working perfectly now. This will save you hundreds of dollars over calling a plumber if you have the same type of clog. 5 stars.
My shower drain was blocked with very very slow drainage. I tried everything - local drain cleaners, drano, baking soda/vinegar with hot water flush etc, but nothing worked. I even tried the snake cable and some clog came out, but still the drain was very slow that it would take one day to clear the shower after single use. I knew that the clog was some where a bit far away. Reading good reviews, I thought I will give this product a try. I only bought one gallon and dumped it in the shower at night. I checked once in an hour and the liquid was already draining. But, about 10 hours later in the morning, I boiled 2 gallons of water just to make sure and poured it in. To my surprise, it didn't back up. Then, I just ran some hot water from the shower for a minute to check and it kept flowing. This is really a great product.
I had the P trap and faucet replaced in upstairs bath and hope to unclog the drain. Handyman showed me the black sludge. He said call a plumber. Plumber wanted $400. The left side of my kitchen sink had sludge. ICK! I poured a gallon in every drain except the toilets. All cleared. The upstairs basin required a second treatment. Much improved but a tad slow. Saved myself a few hundred $$$. I let mine stew for 12 hours. Poured BOILING water as directed. Good luck!
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks
Every 3-5 years the 38 year old plumbing in my kitchen decides to clog. The last time my landlord called an excellent plumber who solved the problem with a snake powered by a cordless drill. Well, I decided to handle the problem myself with a product I'd had my eyes on for several years. Guess what, it thoroughly cleared away all the years of gunk/grime/grease/soil.
Although, not as swift as a snake, this less expensive alternative needs an overnight amount of time to effectively bring results. Also, you'll need to poor ample amounts of boiling hot water after the 8hr timeframe. Once all the above tasks are completed, your drain should be up and running all good as new. Yes, you can pour this miracle substance straight into the kitchen sink without damaging your pipes.
I'm completely and utterly satisfied with Main Line Cleaners effectiveness at ridding me of a serious and unsanitary clog.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks, less than $12, no need to mess with an unsanitary snake, no overpowering or nasty odors
Cons: Too Slow, depending on severity of clog 8hrs required, over a gallon of boiling hot water after 8hrs
I'm really not one to write reviews especially a favorable one but this product cleared my very very slow main drain and saved me a lot of $$! My drain is a bit irregular and hard to auger out. But used 3 gallons let it set 8 hours followed by l ots of hot water Drain is running great. Its great to find something that really works! Be careful and wear at least goggles and gloves. Best of luck. Mike
A stormy Sunday morning and raw sewage starts bubbling up from the shower drain.Wonderful . . . I looked online at the rooter companies and they all wanted hundreds of dollars and most had mixed or bad reviews. I used two gallons of the line cleaner and waited seven hours. It worked great. We have been taking showers, flushing toilets and doing laundry with no problem. I would imagine it works best on waste clogs and might have a tougher time with roots. It worked great for us.
I remember the day it happened. A Sunday. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, breakfast was ready, football was about to come on and then things got real dark real fast.
The washing machine entered its drain cycle followed quickly by an horrible gurgling, bubbling sound coming from the bathtubs and showers. All kinds pestilence, debris and things I will not even try to describe were flowing in the absolute most opposite way one could imagine.
And then nothing.
I stood there in shock. I was adding up what it would cost to bring out a plumber on a Sunday to make that soup of death go away. That frightened me even more.
I frantically went to work with a plunger. Nothing! It was the mother of all stoppages.
I knew there had to be a easy solution. A quick search online for "Main Line Cleaner" led me to this product at Home Depot.
I was skeptical. I read the reviews and hoped that everything I read was true.
I poured it into the bathroom sink at 2 PM. Hoping I didn't just buy into a bunch of hype. The hours ticked by. Nothing. No movement whatsoever. The pool of disgust just sat there in my tubs mocking me.
I decided to retire for the day at 9 PM. It was not going to be a peaceful sleep knowing what was lying in my bathrooms.
And then it happened.....
It was 9:30 PM.
A death groan of the monster that had plagued me all day, followed by a rushing sound of of all that horrible mess going away.
I jumped out of bed and prepared a giant pot of boiling water to rinse out all that was left behind. I filled the tubs with hot water and drained them both at the same time to finish the purge.
It was done.
I couldn't believe it. It really works. Finally something that does what it promises.
My problem has been a slow draining line that was evident when the washer was draining. It would back up & overflow onto the garage floor. Several years ago, we rented a power drain auger from Home Depot which bored thru the build-up (which looks & feels like soft rubber) & alleviated the problem. This time we used this product overnight. Our drain line is linear thru the house. One half gallon was put in the shower drain at one end of the line. The other half was put in the washer drain at the other end of the line. The next morning we flushed from both ends with hot water for 15 minutes. The problem no longer exists. We saved the extra gallon for maintenance cleaning as needed.
I was really skeptical about this product. I mean come on why I gotta buy two is it not good enough? Yet I bought two put one in n tried it the next day still had same result washing machine backing up into my rear house drain but would then go down rapidly So I'm figuring I don't have full blockage. So I did second treatment the next night and then tried it again and lo and behold I didn't have the problem anymore So now that that issue is resolved I'm going to put the zep root kill in after a full day of water running n kill any roots that might be creeping in my drains as well.keep things running smooth I hope.
Follow up to my January 21, 2014 post that it did not work for me. I applied for my refund online, very simple and already got my refund (less than 3 weeks). and got it for both bottles. so it's certainly worth trying.
I read all the reviews and thought I might have to do it a couple of times. It worked perfectly the first time. I put it in the drain at night and flushed it with hot water the next morning. Now I can wash clothes again without water backing up in the basement. I am so grateful for this product.
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
My toilet and sinks were backing up into the tub. Plunging didn't work, boiled water didn't work, neither did the auger. The Rotor Rooter man wanted to charge me $399 to pull the toilet. I said, no way, I'll try this stuff 1st. I poured one bottle in yersterday at 1:00pm, poured boiling water in last night at 11:00 pm and everything is working properly this morning. YAY! I'm so happy it worked.
I've used this for several years. I actually only use about 1/4 of a gallon each time. Always Pour it in the drain opening of the lowest plumbing level. It doesn't have to be the toilet. it can be the sink. Let it sit a few hours, if you can. However, I just used it and I only waited an hour. I then poured hot boiling water, a kettle full, down the drain, then ran water after that. CLOG GONE!!! I think using it, maybe every 4 to 6 months as a preventive measure, may be a good idea.
Like (nearly) everyone says, this stuff just works. I've had a constant problem with my tub, toilet and sink that branch off the main line. Total blockage. It is probably a tree root or something catching junk and clogging. I tried that root stuff but it still backed up 5 months later. Either another $300 router call or try this stuff for $20. Took a chance and bought 2 gallons and poured them down the drain at night. Next morning pour a pot of boiling water down drain and ran tub. SUCCESS! Let's see how long this lasts. Still it worked and for that I am grateful. Just get it.
I have about 100 feet of teracotta pipe as a main sewer line running from my house to the city sewer line at the street. I've had to snake out this main line several times a year to keep it open. Because it's old, it's subject to roots entering at the terracotta joints and grease build up from the kitchen. I have an outside cleanout right where the mainline exits the house. I used this product exactly as directed....at night, following all the safety precautions. The next morning I ran hot water down the disposal for five minutes followed by pouring 2 gallons of boiling water in the cleanout where I put in the Main Liine Cleaner the night before. I have an additional cleanout halfway between the house and the street where i can look straight down and see the speed of the water flowing form the house to the street. I was delighted to see after one treatment the water was moving about three times as fast as I've ever seen it. I've lived with these lines for over 40 years so I know them pretty well. To say the least I'm happy with this product and will retreat as needed.
This stuff is liquid gold. I had a back up in the sewer line. Water from the washing machine was draining up into the bathtub. This happened about 10 years ago and the cause was tree roots and the result was a $400 bill from the plumber who had to snake the line. Last night before going to bed, I applied the product as directed and then flushed with hot water this morning, 8 hours later as directed. The line is totally clear! I have washed a load of clothes, taken a shower, and flushed the toilet, with no back up! It is amazing that I have dodged the bullet for just a few dollars. Instant Power will become part of my sewer line maintenance program.
Pros: Easy to Use, High Quality, does what it says it will do
Im not one to usually give reviews. But had to take the time out to say. This product really works. Tried snaking my kitchen sink. Didnt help much. Figured whats $11 compared to having to call a plumber. Did as the instructions said. Poured it in waited over night and ran hot water Instantly saw results. So i did it again the next night with a second bottle now the sinnk works better than when we first got the house. I plan on doing this to the bathrooms as well. And keeping a couple of bottles in stock home. Great results
I bought and did two applications exactly as directed and it didn't do a thing for my drain. I still ended up calling a Roto Rooter service to clean the main line. It might be good for maintenance, but in my case not for a clogged line. I did rate it with higher remarks because of the generous guarantee of your money back.