How To Prevent Clogged Drains
What’s worse than a clogged drain? Clogged drains are a nightmare, and they happen at the most inopportune times. They can be expensive, time-consuming and frustrating to deal with.
Keeping your drains clear to prevent a clog is probably easier than you think. Drains biggest enemies are soap scum, hair, cooking grease and coffee grounds. Be pro-active.
With a few simple precautions, you can prevent clogged drains before they happen.
First and foremost, be careful about what you put into your drain. Don’t treat your drains like they’re a garbage can.
Soap scum is the solid white residue that clings to bathtubs, shower stalls, drains and pipes. You can prevent soap scum build-up in your drains in several ways. Pour boiling water down the drain and then follow by running hot water for a few minutes. This will melt soap scum clinging to the pipes. You can also use a mixture of baking soda and water. To minimize the amount of hair and soap that goes down the drain, use a mesh trap or drain-grate to cover drain openings.
Hair collects in bathroom drains. To help prevent clogs from hair build-up, brush your hair immediately before showering to help remove most loose hair. If you don’t use a pet groomer and Fido needs a bath, lay a wash cloth over the drain to catch access hair. Never flush any hair down the drain when cleaning, wipe loose strands up and throw them away in the trash.
Regularly, remove hair build-up by removing the pop-up stoppers in sink drains, clean away the hair and other debris and replace. For shower drains, remove the drain cover from your shower or bathtub drain and use a bent wire or a brush to clear out any debris that has accumulated there.
Fatty substances are the number one cause of kitchen sink clogs and slow draining sinks. To prevent clogged drains in your kitchen, never pour any grease or oil of any kind, down the drain. Instead, pour the cooking grease into a can or cardboard milk carton and dispose of in the trash.
If poured down the drain, grease collects along the sides of the pipe and then food particles stick to the grease, eventually, clogging your drain. Make a habit of running hot water down the drain after each use. Once a week pour boiling water down the drain to melt away any oil or grease that may have collected.
Unlike other foods, coffee grounds don’t break down in water, in fact, they usually clump together. Never throw coffee grounds in the garbage or add them to your mulch pile.
When using a food disposal run plenty of cold water to flush food particles down the pipe. Using too little water can contribute to the particles collecting along the sides of the pipe. Clean your garbage disposal with a sturdy disposer brush or grind up a few cups of ice and some table salt. This helps to cut the grease and slime off the sides of the disposer.
Every six months, keep your drains running clear by using a non-caustic drain cleaner.