A clogged drain can ruin your day. No one wants to deal with a backed-up sink. Using a plunger is messy and harsh clog removers can cause damage not only to the environment but to your plumbing as well. The easiest way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are four tips you can start using today to prevent clogs.
Four Tips to Stop Your Drain From Backing Up
- Run the water at the hottest setting for a few seconds after using your sink. The hot water can help to clear away anything still lingering in your pipes. While hot water won’t do a lot to eliminate existing blockages, it can help prevent whatever you just put down the drain from collecting on the side of the pipes and forming new ones.
- Limit what you put in your sink. Scraping your plates before dumping them in the sink to soak goes a long way towards keeping your drain clog-free. Even if you have a garbage disposal, it doesn’t mean that you are able to just throw whatever you want down the drain. You need to dispose of food items such as coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable peels, cooking grease, and oil in other ways. It is a good idea to use a drain screen to prevent stray food scraps from getting into the pipes.
- Deep clean your sink drain. Many homeowners find that occasionally using a combination of vinegar and baking soda as cleaning agents can help keep the water running free. Start by pouring a kettle of near-boiling water down the drain. Pour slowly and be careful to not let it the water splash. Then sprinkle in half a cup of baking soda along with another cup of water. Cover the drain and wait 10 minutes. Rinse out your pipes with another kettle of almost boiling water.
- Scrub where you can reach. The only grease that should be anywhere near a drain is elbow grease. That and a small stiff-bristle brush is all you need for the final tip. About once a month, take off the sink’s drain cap and scrub as far down as the brush can reach. Keep a grip on the brush handle because dropping it inside will definitely cause plumbing problems. Run your tap for a few seconds on hot afterward to wash away any debris you dislodged. If you have a garbage disposal, consider skipping this tip to avoid injury or damaging your disposal unit.
Limit what you put in your sink. Scraping your plates before dumping them in the sink to soak goes a long way towards keeping your drain clog-free. Even if you have a garbage disposal, it doesn’t mean that you are able to just throw whatever you want down the drain.
Did you try all the above tips and your drain is still clogged or running slow? You may need the help of a professional. For over 70 years, Buckeye Heating & Cooling has been helping homeowners in Central Ohio keep their homes running smoothly. Call (614) 515-2226 to find out how we can help you.