Cleaning drains isn't the most glamorous homeowner maintenance task,
but it's important for health, safety, and comfort. The purpose of
drains is to flush wastewater out of the home, making the area a prime
location for mold and bacteria buildup.
In the kitchen, food particles, foodborne illness-causing germs, and other
yucky stuff regularly get flushed down the pipes. In bathrooms, you brush
your teeth, wash your hands, and bathe your body, letting the residual
water wash away. Without regular cleaning, these areas can get pretty
grimy. Buildup from oils, mold growth, and germs that love moist environments
and can cause smells, look unsightly, and cause a real health threat over
time. Ready to start cleaning your drains? Consider these tips to help
you get started.
How Often Should I Clean My Drains?
drain cleaning to your regular cleaning schedule, you can make sure your drains stay
fresh and clear of debris over time. Flushing drains once a week with
boiling water should be sufficient to keep most mold and germ growth under control.
Drain Cleaning Tips
Basic maintenance cleaning - Fill a sink or tub up with hot tap water or a pot of boiling water,
and then open the drain line so the water can fully work through the line
instead of trickling down the path of least resistance. You can also use
baking soda and vinegar for added freshness.
Clearing mold - If you see mold in your shower or bathroom pipe, use a drain brush and
baking soda to scrub out the visible area. Flush thoroughly with vinegar
and then with hot water once more.
Clearing hair - Hair buildup in drains can be a pain and may require the assistance
of a professional plumber for significant buildup. To prevent hair from
clogging your drains, consider purchasing a drain strainer from your local
home improvement or big box store.
Blockages - Call a plumber if hot water doesn't seem to do the trick for clearing
out minor blockages or getting rid of mold and bad odors. You could have
a problem deeper in the line that needs to be examined. Avoid using chemical-filled
products because they can sit above the blockage and corrode your pipes,
worsening the problem. Eco Plumbers offers and all-natural solution to
drain cleaning with our Mother Nature Septic Products.
Food disposals -
Disposals are notorious for bad odors. When you start to smell something funky,
pour baking soda into the drain followed by some vinegar. Let the solution
sit for a while before running very hot water down the drain. You can
also use lemon peels in the disposal to keep it smelling fresh. To prevent
smells, remember to run hot water through your disposal for 30-40 seconds
after you have finished disposing of food waste.
Regular cleaning successfully prevents the most common drain blockage and
odor problems. Additionally, many professionals recommended cleaning solutions,
like baking soda and vinegar, for a 100% natural and environmentally-friendly
solution. If you notice a lingering smell or a blockage that home remedies
can't fix, the professionals at
The Eco Plumbers can help you diagnose and fix drain issues and pipe blockages.