Prevent a Clogged Drain: Monthly Recommendations
We’ve all been there. That sinking feeling in your chest that accompanies the dread of realizing that your drain is no longer flowing can make you feel like it’s all over. That’s because dealing with clogs is a tricky thing. The average person doesn’t really know what to do. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to deal with that. However, until the world emerges, the best path is to take is one of prevention.
In this blog, K2 Heating, Plumbing, and Air Conditioning help you take the necessary precautions to prevent a clogged drain. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
When dealing with something that is beyond your comprehension, having someone who knows what they’re doing help you out can be a game-changer. Arguably one of the best means of prevention is doing maintenance work. Whether it’s you or a professional, taking the time to keep track of your drain’s status can help you see when something actually is wrong. So take a few minutes each month to inspect the water flow in your drains. If it’s business as usual, great! If not, it may be time to take action.
Flushing Your Pipes
As a first countermeasure, it’s worth taking the time to flush any buildup. Start by boiling some water and pour it into the drain. The hot water will help to break down and flush away the gunk and buildup. It’s an easy way to reduce the chances of larger buildups over time.
Of course, if boiling water doesn’t work, you can always step things with cleaners. However, chemical drain cleaners can be harsh on your pipes (and the environment). An alternative treatment can be a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by an equal amount of white vinegar–after letting it fizz for a few hours, rinse with hot water. This common, natural concoction helps to break down things like fat, oil, and grease that might accumulate in your pipes.
Stop Buildups Before They Happen
A different approach can be to stop things before they even get to the drain. Mesh strainers can work wonders in this regard as they capture and prevent large food particles, hair, and other debris from entering your drains. You’ll need to empty and clean them regularly to ensure effective functioning.
Additionally, you should avoid pouring grease or oils down your kitchen sink. While they have liquid forms, they solidify after cooling down. Instead, collect grease in a jar and dispose of it in the trash. Moreover, certain foods like coffee grounds, pasta, and eggshells can be problematic for drains.
Bathroom Best Practices
Another major culprit for drain blockages is hair. While more of us don’t notice, we actually shed a lot (those with hair at least). Hair is a common reason for bathroom drain clogs. Installing a hair catcher over your shower drain can significantly reduce hair buildup.
Professional Drain Cleaning
While preventive measures can do wonders, nothing beats the precision and assurance of professional service. Keep your pipes flowing with K2 Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning! We offer professional drain cleaning and plumbing solutions. Whether you need assistance with a clog now or simply want a routine check, we’re here to help! We have years of experience providing quality plumbing repair and maintenance services. Moreover, we have the tools and expertise to fix your drains quickly and effectively.
With these prevention tips and our services, your drains will stay clean and flowing for years to come.