How To Know If You Need Drain Cleaning
Most homeowners schedule a drain cleaning every two years to keep everything running smoothly. Drain maintenance is just smart.
When your drain is clogged, don’t wait. You should try to unclog it using safe DIY methods. Don’t dump toxic chemicals down the sink or toilet. They are bad for your family, the environment, and sometimes make matters worse.
Signs you have a drain clog include:
- Frequent clogs
- Slow-moving drains
- Water backups
- Yard puddles
DIY Drain Maintenance Tips
Your plunger is a handy tool, and every bathroom and kitchen should have a “plumber’s helper” under the sink. If the plunger doesn’t help, try baking soda and vinegar, the easy, clean, eco-friendly way to dissolve a clog.
Here's how use these products to maintain your drains:
- Remove standing water from the sink
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain
- Seal the opening with a cover/stopper
- Wait 15 minutes
- Remove the cover
- Run hot tap water down the drain
Many people include professional drain cleaning with an annual plumbing maintenance visit.
There are several advantages to professional drain cleaning:
- Adding more years to your existing plumbing system
- Eliminating and preventing odors
- Finding leaks before they become a problem
- Improving indoor air quality by eliminating mold you can’t see
- Lowering health risks from sewage backups
- Maximizing drainage
- Minimizing the risk of property damage
- Preventing clogs
- Finding potential problems sooner with special video cameras
Now you understand why clean drains are beneficial to your property and family health. You can keep your drains clean between professional cleaning too:
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar down your drains for a cleaner smell
- Put baking soda down your drains monthly
- Rinse your kitchen sink with hot water after cooking
- Use strainers in all sinks, showers, and baths
- Don’t dump clog-causing foodstuffs into your disposal unit (Did you know produce stickers are one of the causes of drain clogs?)
Common Causes of Clogged Drains
- Bones and seafood shells
- Broken glass and metal
- Chicken skin
- Coffee grounds
- Eggshells – No, they won’t “sharpen” your blades!
- Fruit pits – There’s a reason they call them “stone fruit.”
- Grease, fats, and oils – Pour them into a container/can and dispose of them after they congeal.
- Pasta, rice, and oats – These foods “expand” and cause clogs later rather than sooner.
- Nuts, potato skins, and sauerkraut – They form a gunky goo in your plumbing pipes.
- Raw celery, cornhusks, kale, onion skins, and spinach
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Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.