A Few Drain Cleaning Tips!
Plenty of things can go wrong around the house during a normal day… the good news is, most of them can be avoided. And that includes one of the nastiest mishaps of them all: a clogged drain.
You're bound to encounter one sooner or later, but there's plenty you can do in the meantime to keep clogged drains at bay, such as:
- Place a strainer over kitchen and bathroom drains if they don't already have one to prevent hair, pieces of soap, and other debris from slipping through. Clean the strainer as needed.
- Every so often remove tub and sink pop-up stoppers and rinse them off.
- Some tubs, showers, and basement floor drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening. You can easily remove them and reach down into the drain with a bent wire to clear out accumulated debris.
- Pour grease into a coffee can to dispose of with your regular trash – not in your disposal.
- Flush your kitchen drain with cold water before, during, and after using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps prevent food particles from clinging to the inside of your pipes.
- If your clothes washer empties into a laundry tub, be sure to use a lint sock at the end of the discharge hose.
- Don't place or store small items above your toilet that can easily fall into the bowl and cause problems.
With a little bit of planning – and very little effort – you can keep your drains clear and your nerves calm.