Drains are often taken for granted until the day they decide to stop working
appropriately. Poorly functioning drains cause a multitude of problems
to a home, including water back-up and flooding. To prevent these disasters
from happening, The Eco Plumbers provides five easy tips to keep your
Avoid pouring liquids down the drain
You may not think twice about pouring hot oil or a gallon of expired milk
down your kitchen sink. But, this can have huge consequences later. Oil
flows smoothly while hot, but it solidifies when cooled. Milk solidifies
easily once it has expired. Over time, solidified liquids collect and
trap other particles discarded down the drain. This will eventually lead
to a clogged drain that is either slow or has stopped working all together.
Refrain from disposing of food in the sink
It may be tempting to stuff a few eggshells or vegetable peels down the
drain. But, these food bits eventually manage to stick to each other,
creating one nasty clog. Try to cover your drain with a filter that catches
even the smallest of particles while allowing the water to drain through.
Throw all peelings and food scraps in the garbage or compost instead.
A simple tip when peeling fruits or vegetables is to place a paper towel
in the sink to catch the trimmings. This temporary stopper can also be
easily thrown away when food preparation is complete.
Pour hot water down the drain
A weekly maintenance tip is to pour a few kettles of hot water down the
drain. Boil some water, and then let it sit a few minutes to cool slightly.
Let this hot water run down the drain, and repeat this process two or
three times. Hot water melts any potential drain clogging culprits and
helps drains stay flowing.
Use vinegar and baking soda
The old-fashion combination of vinegar and baking soda can work wonders
on a slow drain. Combine equal parts of the two and pour slowly down the
drain. Try not to use the sink or tub for at least three hours after the
solution is applied. Overnight application works even better. Once the
time is up, you can use the drain as normal, or follow with a hot water
flush for added cleaning power.
Invest in a plunger
For stubborn clogs and slow drains, a plunger may be the answer. Plungers
are available in an array of shapes and sizes customized for the appliance
or drain that needs unclogging. Plungers work off of a vacuum seal which
can only be created when a small amount of liquid is present. Place the
plunger over the drain; test to ensure the vacuum seal has been achieved,
and move the plunger in an up and down motion. Remember to never use a
plunger with chemical products!
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, clogs still happen. When they do,
it is best to call a professional before the problem gets any worse. The
technicians at Eco Plumbers will provide both you and your home with quality
care and attention for all of your plumbing needs. For more information,
contact us today.