The drains around your home are probably the last thing you think about when someone mentions home maintenance. Most homeowners just take them for granted and don't give a second thought to cleaning them until problems start happening.
When your drains start giving you hassles, it results in anything from a clogged shower to your toilets backing up. One day, you notice the water isn't draining as quickly around your feet when you're in the shower. You make a mental note to fix it, but weeks go by before you get around to doing it.
Using the shower drain as an example, it's easy to see how things can buildup over time. The drains collect hair and soap particles, clumping them together to form a clog. The longer you leave it, the bigger the clog gets. Eventually, you'll have to remove it, or it's going to cause severe plumbing problems.
Cleaning the drains around your home should be part of your regular home maintenance schedule. In this post, we'll look at how to organize drain cleaning into your regular home maintenance schedule.
Clean Your Drains Bi-Monthly
You can clean your drains as often as you like. We recommend setting up your maintenance schedule, depending on the different types of drains you have in your home. For instance, the kitchen and bathroom drains will likely require the most maintenance since you use them the most.
Exterior drains, like flood drains, might only require maintenance once or twice a season. The usage of your drains should pay the biggest role in your maintenance. The second leading factor in drain maintenance is what you put down the drain.
If you cook with oils and fats in the kitchen, chances some of it's going down the kitchen drain. These fats and greases stick to the interior of the drains, resulting in a blockage.
We recommend cleaning the drains in the kitchen bi-monthly to quarterly. The maintenance depends on how you use your drainage, and what's going down the drain.
How Do You Clean Your Drains?
We recommend that you avoid using harsh chemicals like caustic soda products when cleaning drains. These aggressive chemical products can damage your pipework and p-traps. The reaction of these cleaning products damages the plastics and coatings and the rubber components, causing the perishing of the parts of your drainage system.
Try cleaning with a natural solution instead. Add 1-cup of white spirit vinegar to 1-cup of hot water, and 1-cup of baking soda. Mix and pour down the drain. Fit the sink plug into the drain and let the mixture work at the pipes for 5 to 10-minutes. Fill the sink with hot water, and then use it to flush the system.
That's all you need to do to clean the drain. In the bathroom, you'll probably have to remove the drain cover on the shower and bath to get at the hair caught in the drain.
When in An Emergency – Call the Professionals
If you run into a blocked drain, call a professional to help you out. Plumbers have specialized tools that unblock your drain in seconds.