It is not enough to just own a house if you cannot maintain it; for a healthy living within your home the drain lines of water that carries sewage needs to be cleaned regularly. There is nothing as frustrating as dealing with blocked drains no matter which room in the house it is. Many people do not think of cleaning the drains until something is wrong and they are there looking for a plumber everywhere, thus incurring extra costs. It is vital that you learn how to keep off from such problems. Here are top tips for avoiding a blocked drain.
1) Check your pipes from time to time.
While we are so busy doing other things we forget the smallest details that can damage our home. If you are taking care and keeping track of the pipes, you can be sure it will not trouble you with sudden and unexpected repairs. It is important that you call your plumber when you notice that your drain has slowed down to check out the problem; they say prevention is better than a cure, in this case, I agree.
2) Do not force large food items down the disposal
You should always pour large food items into your trash can rather that pushing them into the sink. Let your drain be specifically for water and not other things, that is why we have a garbage disposal in our house; if you do not have one, then buy a drain strainer, place it in your kitchen sink to help keep large food particles out of the pipes.
3) Avoid Chemicals in your drain.
Things like chemicals, paint, and other items should be disposed of properly. Pouring them down the drain will not only block it, but harsh chemicals can also cause deterioration within the plumbing system and result in leaks and other plumbing problems.
4) Put Drain Covers on Drains.
Placing drain covers on your bathroom and sink drains is another way of avoiding a blocked drain. By covering your drains you will prevent hair and any chunk of solid materials, such as soap, from going down the drain. Hair usually builds up and causes a blockage, so having a drain cover will help keep most of the hair out of the pipes.
5) Use Baking Soda and Vinegar.
Once a month, pour 1 cup of baking soda down each drain; tub, sinks, stand up shower, followed by one cup of white vinegar. After some minutes, then pour one cup of salt down each drain followed by hot water down the drains for several minutes to help continue the cleaning process. This treatment will break down any collected build-up and kill bacteria in the drains.
With these tips, you will not be worried that the sink will not drain when you need it to or deal with blocked drains. If you make the above tips part of your home improvements and your daily chores, then rest assured that you will have a smooth flow and a healthy living in your home.
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