One of the best ways to avoid dealing with slow or clogged drains is to not allow drain’s enemies to get in. Cooking grease, hair, coffee grounds and soap scum are just some of the biggest enemies of drains. Prevention is better than anything else. It is wise to do whatever you can to prevent these elements into a drain. Prevention will not only help you save money, it will also save you time in calling and attending a plumber working in your property. Here are the tricks.
- Put cooking grease in an old cardboard milk container or an old coffee can then dispose it in the trash.
- Put your coffee grounds directly in the garbage or you can add them to your mulch pile.
- Put drain-gate or screen to your drain to cover its opening and lessen the problems with soap scum and hair. You can purchase the screen in your local plumbing supply store. To easily find the appropriate drain-gate, take a long a picture of the drain system. Most screens and filters can be simply put in place.
Eventually, all homeowners would have to deal with clogged kitchen or bathroom drain. A preventive maintenance would cost you less than having a repair. With constant use, your drains become slowly clogged from gunk, grime and grease. Cleaning your drains in regular basis would prevent you from calling emergency plumber, not to mention that regular cleaning can make your drains fresh and odor-free.
Non-Toxic and Safe Treatments
Pour a dish washing liquid with degreaser into the sink. Make sure that the liquid touches the entire areas of the drain pipe. To do this, pour a cup of the liquid slowly around the circumference of the drain opening. Allow the liquid to do its job by leaving it for a while. While waiting, boil a pot of water and pour it into the drain. If the problem still persists, repeat the entire process a second time. It is recommended to do this treatment every couple of weeks. Your clogged drains will be over forever if you follow this recommendation.
Hot water, vinegar and baking soda should also do the trick. Start by boiling a big pot of water. While waiting for the water to boil, pour baking soda into the drain. Make sure you cover every side of the drain pipe. Pour one spoon full at a time of vinegar. When the baking soda is already foaming, add another spoon full.
Allow the mixture to interact. Grease deposits should be broken by the foaming baking soda and vinegar. The mixture should also kill odor causing bacteria. Wait for a few minutes before pouring the boiling water into the drain. This should wash the debris away. Your drain should stay clear and smell fresh if you repeat the process every few weeks or so.
Trying A Small Plunger Could Work
If trying the above tips won’t do the trick for you, try a small plunger to unclog the drain. Keep one handy as it can be less costly than calling a plumber. Try to avoid using a toxic drain cleaner but if you have to use it, be careful in doing so as the fumes alone can be dangerous. Chemical reactions can be harmful. When you already did everything and problem still persists, call Rooter Man today.