Drain issues can be quite the pain, but there are some easy home remedies to keep your home’s drains in tip-top shape! Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your drains flowing all year long. Continue reading to find out FIVE ways to maintain your drains!
Use A Drain Guard
Using a drain guard, strainer, or screen prevents food scraps, debris, and hair from going down your drains. Although most kitchen sinks are equipped with garbage disposals, it is still helpful to use a drain guard to filter out unwanted food debris, soap scum, and even coffee grounds. In the bathroom, drain screens are essential to preventing hair from slipping down the drain. Drain guards filter out clogs before they happen and give your home a TRUSTED SOLUTION!
Run Hot Water
Regularly running hot water through your drains is one of the easiest ways to maintain your home’s drains. It is best to run hot water in all drains after each use to clear away soap scum and build up. For infrequently used drains, it’s best to run hot water through them at least once a week.
Jar Your Grease
It’s easy to quickly rinse out cooking oil and grease while doing the dishes, but it is one of the main culprits for kitchen sink clogs. Cooking grease can solidify before you know it, so it’s important to dispose of it properly. Save plastic food containers or jars to store your cooking oils and grease and toss it in the trash.
Fight Clogs With Natural Solutions
While it is convenient to use chemical-based cleaners and solutions, they can easily damage metal pipes. It is best to fight clogs with natural solutions like vinegar and baking soda. In your kitchen or bathroom sink, run hot or boiling water down the drain. Add ¼ cup of baking soda and let it sit for 20 minutes, then pour about a cup of vinegar over with one cup of hot water. This can help dissolve a minor clog, but if your clog persists you may want to call Dr. B for an EXPERT DIAGNOSIS!
Don’t Flush THAT
The only thing that is flushable is toilet paper. Even bathroom products that claim they’re “flushable” like wet wipes and feminine products will cause a clog! These items don’t break down like toilet paper and will cause a clog in your pipes.
Drain clogs can be frustrating but attempting a DIY can turn your small problem into a costly repair! The easiest way to prevent a clog is to maintain your drains with these five tips. If you notice your drains starting to clog or smell, don’t wait! Give our Home Service Doctors team a call today at (703) 839-7011.