Preventive Maintenance & Clog Prevention.
Eventually all homeowners will have to deal with a clogged kitchen or bathroom drain. A bit of preventive maintenance can often “keep the plumber away”. Over time drains can become slowly clogged from grease, grime and gunk. By cleaning them on a regular basis, you can often avoid the cost of emergency plumbing. Regular treatment will also help keep drains fresh and odor-free.
Safe and Non-Toxic Treatments.
Pour a cup of dishwashing liquid that contains a degreaser into the sink. Pour it slowly around the circumference of the drain opening to help ensure the liquid touches all areas of the drain pipe. Let the liquid stand for awhile to let it do its job. In the meantime boil a pot of water and then pour it into the drain. If your drain still drains very slowly, repeat the process a second time. By doing this treatment every couple of weeks, clogged drains could be a thing of the past.
Baking soda, vinegar and hot water should also do the trick. Begin boiling a big pot of water. In the meantime pour baking soda into the drain trying to cover all sides of the drain pipe. Pour several tablespoons of vinegar down the drain one spoon full at a time allowing the baking soda to foam before adding another spoon full.
Let the mixture interact. The foaming of the baking soda and vinegar should break up grease deposits and kill odor causing bacteria. After a few minutes pour the boiling water into the drain to wash the debris away. Repeating the process every few weeks or so will help your drains to run clear and smelling fresh.
A Small Plunger Can Be Handy.
If your drain is clogged, try the above. If that doesn’t unclog the drain, try a small plunger. Keep one handy, it can be less much less costly that calling a plumber. If you use a toxic drain cleaner, be careful. The fumes alone can be harmful and never, ever mix different drain cleaner chemicals. The chemical reactions can be dangerous.
When all else fails, it’s time to call Plumber near me.