You should always watch what is going down your drains, whether it be in the kitchen or the bathroom. Drains and pipes are designed to be able to handle water and human waste. When foreign objects are flushed or washed down, they can cause blockages which could lead to more serious damage issues. In order to prevent clogged drains from happening, it’s important to do routine maintenance to keep your drains in top shape.
Be Mindful About What’s Going Down the Drain
Oil and grease are two things that should never be put down a drain. Coffee grounds, eggshells, pasta, and rice are all food products that are often accidentally washed down the drain that should be avoided if possible. One way to do this is to put a drain strainer with a cover in the bottom of your sink to catch any small, loose food particles. Other house items like cat litter, paper towels, feminine products, flushable wipes, and non-flushable wipes are all items that tend to clog up a toilet drain. These products, regardless of what it says on the packaging, should never be flushed down the toilet.
Flush Hot Water and Deep Clean Weekly
Regularly flushing hot water down your drains can help break down materials that may have gotten caught in your pipes so that they are able to flow through them. You should also deep clean your drains on a weekly basis by using baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Pour the baking soda and vinegar into the drain and leave covered for one hour. Then, pour boiling hot water down the drain to rinse it thoroughly.
Have Professionals Clean Them Yearly
It’s a good idea to invest in a yearly drain cleaning service that is provided by most professional plumbers. By investing in this service, you are not only ensuring that your drains are staying clean, but you are also helping ensure that you don’t have any major clogs throughout the year. Contact us to learn more.