There are so many options when it comes to clearing a clogged drain: you can chose an organic solution, a chemical cleaner, plungers, plumbing snakes and more. But why bother with the headache of all those when it’s easier and cheaper to prevent clogs from happening in the first place?
To take care of a drain simply requires you being careful. Add on a few proactive cleanings per year, and the chances of developing a major clog significantly decreases.
The Worst That Could Possibly Happen
When drains are not properly cared for, the first issue is often a rather unpleasant smell. This happens more in kitchen drains where food particles will get stuck and rot, releasing vile smells into the kitchen air. But sometimes your bathroom and floor drains can produce these revolting odors.
The next problem following the stench is typically clog formation. This can be a slow process starting with the drains slowing down, eventually being followed by a total block in the drain system.
Lastly, if drain systems continue to be neglected, irreversible damage can take over. Drains are not built to last forever, however, basic upkeep can extend your drain’s functioning life by decades, where blatant neglect can do just the opposite and shorten its life by decades.
Watch What’s Washed
The top aspect in preventative drain maintenance is paying careful attention to what you put down the drain. In showers and bathtubs, the biggest issue is typically hair. This one is easy enough to prevent by using a mesh filter over the drain and cleaning it after each shower.
For the kitchen, you should try and avoid letting anything but water down your sink drain. Most food products – but not all – can get eaten by your garbage disposal. Two of the most common culprits of clogging up your drains and disposals are coffee grounds and grease – save the coffee grounds for your garden and the grease for bear season.
Floor drains can be problematic because of how easy it is for debris to accidentally fall in. If your basement has floor drains, or maybe the laundry room, make sure the drain covers are appropriate. Try not to make a habit of washing or sweeping floor debris into these drains.
It can payoff to wipe out the inside of a drain a couple times per year to help prevent the buildup of hairballs, biofilm, and other clog-causing yuck. This is very cheap and easy.
White vinegar is a mild acid and powerful enough to break down most of the organic particles building up in your drains. Pour around two cups of vinegar down a drain, wait ten minutes, and pour boiling water down the drain to help flush it out.
Along with paying close attention to what you allow down the drain, these cleanings can help make clogged drains in your home a thing of the past.
Keep in mind that if you do land yourself a stubborn clog that just won’t clear out, A Better Plumber in Lexington Park is here 24/7 to help you out. Give us a call at 301-994-1000.
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