There is plenty of information out there on how to keep the drains clean in your home but I have to say that I don’t use any of it. The best way of keeping your drains clean is to watch what you are putting down the drain. Another good preventative measure to take with your drains is to fill all basin fixtures (sinks and tubs) full of warm water and then let them drain out. For your kitchen sink, I recommend you fill both compartments and let them drain together. You should repeat this process twice with your kitchen sink and four times with your bathroom sink, as your bathroom sink is much smaller. If you do this once every month to two, you should have clean drains for a long time. My own home is 16 years old and these are the only measures I take to prevent build up in my drains. I recently inspected my drains with my camera and have found that they are free and clear of any build up. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Here are some quick reminders of what NOT to do with your drains:
- Do not pour boiling water down the drain as the drain pipe may not be rated for the temperature of the boiling water
- Do not pour chemicals down the drain as they may actually eat away at the pipe and cause deterioration resulting in a more serious and costly problem
- Do not use lemon wedges in the garbage disposal as the acid can deteriorate the inside of the unit
- Do not buy into a drain cleaning maintenance program that some plumbing companies will try and sell you unless you have a tree root problem or have a commercial kitchen
Always remember the following:
- Some liquids are not meant to go down the drain as they do not stay in liquid form once they cool (grease being one of them)
- Long hair and drains do not mix so try to keep long hair out of your drains
- If it is not a liquid or solid that came out of you please do not flush it down the toilet
- Garbage disposals were not designed to grind up everything you can put in them and can only grind up so much at one given time, as my wife recently discovered!
Unfortunately if despite these tips and hints, you find yourself with a slow draining fixture or a clogged drain, you will have to have it augured out by a professional plumber. We are always here to answer any questions you may have or provide you with drain cleaning services, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office.