Keeping Your Drains Clog-Free!
Clogged drains can end up being costly for you, especially if you need to arrange a plumber to come out and unclog them.
The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to practice good preventative maintenance on an ongoing basis so the drains stay as clog-free as possible.
5 Preventative Maintenance Plumbing Tips
Clean the Drains Regularly
The first step to preventing clogged drains is to clean them regularly and always check what is being sweeped into it. Take out particles that can cause buildup and just throw in the garbage. The ideal cleaning ritual is:
- Clean stoppers and sinks once a week
- Remove drain cover and use wire to clean the drains once a week as well
- Clean garbage disposal with brush once a month
- Use a chemical drainage cleaner once a month to ensure no buildup develops.
Keep the Debris Away
Once you established a cleaning routine for your pipes, you have to ensure that debris are kept at a distance. As much as possible, you should install mesh screens on all your drains especially in the shower and bathtub. Avoid tipping oils down your drains – instead pour them in a plastic bag and dispose of them in the rubbish. Try to depend less on your garbage disposal and use the bin or trash bag instead for large particles. This not only helps keep your drains clean but it can also save you time and energy.
Teach the Family How to Keep Drains Clean
Part of preventing the problem is getting everyone on board in avoiding it. Teach children and the rest of your family on maintaining the drainage system and being mindful of what they throw down drains. A collective effort goes a long way. Create a list of things that shouldn’t go into your drainage to help everyone be mindful.
Invest and Learn How to Use a Plunger
Clogs can happen randomly even with all the precautions so you need a plunger in place. Use the plunger first before any chemical cleaners to avoid damaging the pipes. You can pick one at most local supermarkets for a few dollars.
Know A Great Local Plumber
As a home-owner, knowing a good professional plumber can really save you especially if there is a plumbing emergency. Have their contact details on hand and easily accessible to the whole family, so even the kids know who to call if needed.
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