How to Maintain a Drain

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How to Maintain a Drain

Drains play an important role in homes across the country. As well as allowing water to flow freely, they make sanitation possible. Unfortunately, they can also develop clogs without the proper maintenance. Careful food disposal, basic maintenance, and proper usage all help ensure drains flow freely indefinitely.


Keeping Drains Clog Free

Clogs sometimes develop in drains without warning, and homeowners suddenly wake up to serious problems. Several key culprits cause drains to clog. In the bathroom, hair is a problem. When it comes to kitchens, grease, oil, and coffee grounds lead to clogged drains. It is sometimes difficult to control what goes down a drain, but a drain grate helps with this problem. In the bathroom, a wet room trap catches hair, small shampoo lids, and small toys. In the kitchen, plastic containers are great for safely disposing of grease and fats once they cool. Additionally, weekly maintenance should include boiling water in a kettle to pour down the drain.


Unclogging Drains

Even the most fastidious homeowner cannot prevent clogs altogether. Baking soda acts as an effective natural drain cleaner when poured down a drain and followed by hot water. Adding a cup of white vinegar to the drain, leaving it for 30 minutes, and then chasing it with hot water is equally effective at shifting clogs. When all else fails, a homeowner may have to break out the drain plunger. Plunging clogged drains can get a little messy, but it is usually effective at shifting clogs.


Treating the Toilet with Respect

Although many homeowners treat their sinks and bathroom drains well, they sometimes forget about the risk of toilets and clogged drain pipes. This is particularly true for young families who run the risk of small children throwing toys, food, and other inappropriate objects into toilets. Some seemingly innocent products, such as makeup wipes and baby wipes, can cause drains to clog. Similarly, sanitary napkins and tampons are not toilet friendly for flushing.


Making Drains Smell Better

A functioning drain is a great thing, but when it begins to smell awful, it can soon become unbearable. A cup of lemon juice chased with hot water eliminates bad smells, but it is also necessary to determine the cause. As a form of preventative maintenance, homeowners should avoid disposing of food down drains. Opting for a compost bin and using it for food disposal reduces the risk of bad smells.

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