Clogged Drains? Easy Maintenance Tips

It’s really zero fun dealing with blocked drains; let’s not even get started on the smelly odour that emanates from it if left untreated for days.  Blocked drains are a result of what you shove into your drains. The truth is, with the right approach, you can go for years without having to fix a clogged sink.

We’d be discussing a few easy tips when it comes to preventing blockage that you didn’t know – this is definitely going to save you a lot of stress. However, if you are already dealing with blocked drainage, it’s best to enlist the service of professionals.

Click here, and let our team handle it from there. Moving on, let’s share a few tips on how to keep your pipes flowing with minimal effort, of course. 

Be Mindful Of What Goes Into Your Drains

Drains are designed to accommodate liquids, so you can’t always stuff in other materials down your drain and expect it not to clog. This is one of the most common reasons for clogged drains. And your drains will keep getting blocked if you aren’t careful of what you put in them – regardless of how many times you use professional services. 

Concerning your kitchen drains, ever heard the word F.O.G. – fat, oil, and grease? Constantly washing dishes with oils or pouring grease down your kitchen drain can gradually clog the pipes. 

Rice, pasta, beans, or solid foods don’t have any business going down your drain. Alternatively, you can get a sink strainer to help filter out solid food materials. 

Occasionally Pour Hot Water Down The Drain

We understand that you can never be too careful, and some solid food particles can make their way into your drain while cooking. So, to prevent this from causing permanent damage, run-down hot water through your kitchen sink  once in a while, as this would help melt off any debris. You can practise this once a week, and you won’t need a professional plumber in a long while. 

Note that we didn’t suggest “boiling water,” that’s because as you might be using P.V.C. pipes, and boiling water causes permanent damage to P.V.C. pipes. 

Also, you might want to be a bit more careful when running hot water down your kitchen sink, so you don’t end up spilling it on your skin. 

Make Use of Sink Strainers

Sink strainers can come in handy, especially for your shower drains. Hair is definitely a “baddie” when it comes to the clogging of drains in your bathroom. 

For your bathroom, make use of drain covers and sink strainers because hair can easily attach to the oils from soap and create a bond that water cannot penetrate.

The solution doesn’t just lie in getting a sink strainer but cleaning it frequently. When you don’t clean your sink strainer, it becomes clogged itself, defeating the entire purpose of getting one in the first instance.

Always Run Cold Water While Your Garbage Disposal Is On

You can have garbage disposal, and still experience blocked drainage if you don’t do the needful. 

Garbage disposal helps shred solid food particles so they can easily go down the drainage. But do you know that keeping the tap running while your garbage disposal is on makes the food particles go through the pipes easily? 

Once in a while, grease or oil can get into your garbage unit, which can damage it. It’s advisable to pour ice into it to help scrape off the grease/oil.

Only Use Toilet Papers

You should never flush non-toilet papers down your toilet. Toilet papers are soft and can easily dissolve in water. However, we can’t say the same for other objects.

Tampons and pads are no-go-options for your toilet. Yes, it may be small, but it wasn’t designed to go down the toilet drain – that’s what the garbage is for.

Flushing sanitary pads down the toilets will ultimately clog it in no time and, in a worst-case scenario, damage the entire sewer system – that would be a really unpleasant experience for you. 

Clean Your Drains Yourself

You don’t need any tools or professional experience to clean your pipes. Pour a cup of vinegar and leave it covered for at least 45mins. Vinegar contains acetic acid, making it the perfect solvent for built-up organic materials in your pipes. Flush out the vinegar with hot water, and you are good to go.

You can also use baking soda for this process, as it’s a strong cleaning agent, plus it has an appealing smell. 

As a side note, don’t use products that contain phosphoric acid as it might have a bad effect on your pipes. 

Sign-Up For Regular Pipe Inspections

Prevention is always better than cure. It’s better to prevent your faucet from being blocked than to have to look for options to unclog it. 

Some drainage issues are not detectable until it’s too late – unless by professionals. The best way to save costs is to invest in regular pipe inspections. You may be reluctant to take this step because of the extra cost that comes with it, but keep in mind you’ll be spending a lot more when it actually clogs. 

Your drains need to be checked by a professional at least every 2 years, and once there’s an issue, you’ll be quickly notified. They may also give you advice that will come in handy when handling your drains.

Conclusion

Clogged drains can be annoying to deal with, and regardless of how careful you might be, you’ll eventually have clogging issues. But proper maintenance will keep your drains in good shape for a long time, years even. 

If you still have regular blockage issues after applying all the tips, we listed above, then it’s time for a professional inspection.

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