Over time, your sink and bathtub drains can become clogged with things like hair, toothpaste, and other gunk that we wash down daily. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your drains stay clean and blockage free.
Take care of your garbage disposal
While your disposal is meant to dispose of food particles, things like large chunks, coffee grounds, and grease can cause serious damage to your disposal and your drains. It’s better to throw these items away, along with any bones or starchy foods. While in use, make sure you are only running cold water down your drain. This works to keep meltables in a solid form and help them wash down. After use, run hot water in your drain to help dissolve any leftover grease or food pieces.
Maintain your drains
You should regularly clean all of your drains, especially in the bathroom. Simply put a teaspoon of salt down your drain with a half a cup of vinegar, wait an hour, and rinse with hot water. Also, consider using a screen over your drain to help block debris from going down the drain in the first place.
Be careful what you flush
Though some products boast their ability to be flushed, don’t take chances. Items like ladies’ sanitary products, wipes, and diapers should never be flushed. These items are easily caught in the lines, and can sometimes take a professional to clear. The best way to prevent your toilet from clogging is to only flush paper.
Clean the stoppers
Your shower drain stoppers are infamous for collecting hair and grunge. Therefore, it’s a good idea to clean your drain stoppers at least monthly by removing the whole stopper and cleaning around it. Remember, anything you remove from the stopper doesn’t make it down the drain.
Simple tasks can keep your drains flowing freely for years to come, saving you time, hassle, and money. For more do it yourself plumbing tips, or to schedule a drain cleaning service for your home, call us at 888-769-5345.