Drains have a tendency to be clogged or blocked over time as gunk, debris, and build-up accumulate in the pipes, preventing the drains from doing their job properly. From, kitchen drains, to bathroom drains to toilet drains, there are ways on how to clean them properly to keep them working properly. Drains are the major disposal systems for used water and waste that we do not want inside our house but they are not trash cans where you can flush down unnecessary items that will potentially clog them and block the pipes. Let them do their purpose but do not use them as trash or rubbish bins where you dispose of your trash.
Most Common Drain Problems That Homes Encounter
Kitchen sink drains can clog over time. Sink drains run slower once grease, soaps, fats and detergent build-up on the inner walls of pipes. These eventually cause a blockage. There are various ways which will help you unclog the pipe but the best way to do it is to call the experts to do it for you, to avoid more problems from developing if you try to do the job yourself. Especially if do not have any experience in unclogging and plumbing. There are machines that can cut through the clog and remove the debris.
To prevent the kitchen sink from becoming clogged it is best to not rinse fats or cooking oils down the skink. Liquid fats solidify when the pipes cool down and then cause clogs. Pour fats and oils in a heat safe, disposable container and throw in it into the trash one the liquid cools down. Do not also let particles of fibre rich food items like vegetables and rice into the drains because they can cause clogs once they have accumulated. Gunk will form from these food scraps and become clog once they have collected in the pipes.
Cleaning the drains of a bathroom. The drains in the bathroom include the shower drain, tub drain, sink drain and toilet drain. Showers and tubs usually become clogged with hair and soap build-up while sinks become filled with toothpaste and grime. Toilets may be clogged with items like wipes, cotton swabs, and paper towels. If you are experiencing any of these clogs in your bathroom, it might be a good time to clean the drains and unclog them for the bathroom fixtures to do their job properly. Unclogging bathroom drains may be tricky but you can always consult an expert plumber to help you with the problem.
If there is a clog, try to remove it with a plunger. For the sink, shower and tub drain, you can use a regular plunger and a toilet plunger for the toilet. Plunge until the tub, shower or toilet is clear of the clog. However, if these don’t work for the kind of clog in the pipes, you might need to use the drain snake or auger to fish out the clog. If the auger still cannot fix the problem, consider calling the professionals to get the clog out and clean the drain. Sometimes some suggest putting baking soda, vinegar and hot water to the drain and let it sit for some time to dissolve the clog, but sometimes, this still does not work. In this case, it is best to call the experts.
Cleaning the drains in the basement and utility room. Floor drains are commonly found in basements and laundry areas. They can also be found in driveways, garages, patios, and bathrooms. They are usually equipped with traps that should be filled with water to prevent odours and sewer gas from escaping. Floor drains can be clogged with dirt and debris. These drains should get regular cleaning to help them do their job well. Floor drains easily get clogged because they swallow up all kinds of sludge and grime. These include dirt, sand, melted snow, soap scum, hair and lint from the washing machine. Overloading the drain can sometimes cause a clog and result in water backup or flooding. This plumbing emergency requires immediate fixing from professional plumbers to prevent water damage in your home. Do not try commercial drain cleaners because they can only destroy your pipes and leave you with more problems.
Use a plunger or an auger to remove the clog. These two options could be your first aid to the problem. However, if they don’t work as they should, it is best to call the professionals to fix the problem. If the plunger and auger don’t work, you may have a more difficult clog that only the professionals can take care of. Attempting to fix the problem yourself might not be a good option.
Outdoor drain cleaning. Drains that help channel water from the roof to gutters away from the house should be kept clean to make them work properly. Downspouts are usually connected to the city’s storm sewer system through underground pipes but can be clogged with leaves and debris or cause water to backup. Blocked outside drains occur mostly during fall when leaves from the garden trees and shrubs scatter around the ground. The large volume of water from fall rainstorms can also block outside drains. Leaving you with pools of stagnating water which can become breeding grounds for insects like mosquitoes. The clog should be removed to prevent flooding the house and your yard.
Clean the gutters before clearing the outdoor drain system. Clean out any debris that you can reach by hand. Flush the drain piping with water with the use of a garden hose. Remove anything that does not belong in it like rock, dirt, leaves, and trash. Motorised drain augers can cut through clogs of debris and tree roots. Water jetting can make use of high-pressure water to clean out a drain line. This is best for the build-up of grease, dirt, and sludge. The water jet will flush out debris but only a licensed plumber can do it for you.
If you have more questions about cleaning the drains in your home, talk to us and we will be glad to help you. Let’s keep our drains clog-free!