How to Prevent Clogged Drains
If you are careful about what you put into your drain, in most cases you can prevent it from clogging. Soap, hair, coffee grounds, and cooking grease are the things that should never be put into a drain.
Here’s how you can get rid of these things without putting them into your drain:
Cooking grease can be transferred to an empty milk container or a coffee can and then disposed of in the trash. Coffee grounds can either be thrown away with the garbage or put into a mulch pile.
A drain gate or a screen used to cover the opening of the drain will minimize problems with soap and hair. You can ask your plumber or visit the local supply store to get a screen that suits your drain’s fixture. Be sure to clean the drain gate regularly to ensure its proper functioning.
You should also maintain your drain regularly by doing the following:
Use hot water
Oil and cooking grease can cause clogs and block drains. After using the sink, pour hot water into it. The clogged oil and grease particles will drain with the hot water and will not accumulate inside the pipes. You can use one kettle of hot water per sink, for cleaning purposes.
Use baking soda
You can clear up a clogged drain by putting baking soda into it and then pouring hot water over it. The foaming action produced when baking soda is combined with hot water helps to break down the clogged entities. Apart from being a very good cleaning agent, baking soda can even absorb foul smells.
Vinegar, consisting mainly of acetic acid, is an effective cleaner. The acetic acid is good at removing organic matter which may have deposited in the pipes. You can also add small amounts of lye to the drain pipe. Be sure to follow it up with some hot water, after half an hour. The lye will dissolve hair, soap, and other organic wastes quickly.
Cleaning your sink daily with soap and water is essential to keep it neat and free from debris. You should take special care to clean the sink pop up stoppers, since that is where the debris tends to accumulate.
Flush the disposal
If your kitchen plumbing is connected to the garbage disposal, then be sure to flush the disposal every time you use it. You can pour plenty of cold water to enable the food particles to move down smoothly through the pipe lines. Failure to do so will lead to the accumulation of food particles and the subsequent clogging of the drains.
Do refrain from using chemicals to clean up clogged drains. These chemicals won’t help in removing the clogs, and will lead to the rotting of your pipe lines.
About the author
Grace is a skilled professional at Water Works Canada, which is a leading plumbing as well as drain cleaning provider that has been serving residents of GTA and Toronto since 16 years!