Keeping Your Drain Clean

The surest way of keeping your drains clean is being careful about the items that go into them. Coffee grounds, soap scum, hair, and cooking grease are the major enemies of your drains. Therefore, do everything possible to ensure that these items do not find their way into your drains. But, how do you do this?

Here are simple ways to keep your drains clean:

  • Save all cooking grease in a used milk or coffee container then dispose it off instead of running it down the drains.
  • Make sure that all coffee grounds in your home are thrown away in garbage or added to the mulch pie.
  • Use drain-gate or screen to cover the opening of the drain. This will minimize soap scum and hair problems. Your local plumber store has the right fixture for your home drains. Therefore, make sure that you select a fixture that addresses your needs properly. Most screens and filters are easy to fit in place.

Unclog the Drains

If your drains become clogged, don’t panic. Instead, try to unclog them by running hot water through them. Simply pour hot water into the sink and give it time to flow. Hot water will make oils and grease that may be causing the clog run down the drains. In fact, any time you notice slow flow of water down the drains, run hot water through them. This will prevent build up of oils and grease on the interior surface of your drains.

If hot water doesn’t work, pour vinegar or baking soda into your sinks and drain it. Let it flow down the drains for 30 minutes before running hot water down through them. Vinegar is a great drain cleaner. That’s because it has acetic acid. This is an organic solvent that removes the organic build up in the pipes. Baking soda on the other hand is a great cleaning agent. It absorbs foul odors thereby leaving your drains with a better smell.

If none of these works, enlist a professional drain cleaning service. Nevertheless, if you follow this guide, keeping your drains clean won’t be a challenge.