A clogged drain is something that can instantly occur, often without any previous sign or warning, but when it does, it needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively, and hopefully, permanently. When it comes to the best methods of dealing with a clogged drain, there are a variety of opinions in circulation out there. Some are fairly straight forward and will work, but these are often only quick fixes that at best, are temporary in nature. And then, on the other hand, there are too many self help fixes out there that are just crazy, and many can end up with your having to dish out a fortune just to fix the damage that they incurred.
Prevention is Way More Effective Than Cure
When it comes to the very best and most effective method of cleaning any drain, at the very top of the list comes maintenance. By making sure to perform a little routine maintenance on a regular basis, you should never have to face any of the typical emergency situations that occur when a drain is in such dire need of being cleaned that it clogs shut, AKA drain fail. With this being said, there are several methods to help clean a slow moving drain, to clean it by clearing away debris and restoring water flow.
The Ole Hot Water Trick
One of the easiest ways to keep your drains clean and avoid blockages is to pour boiling water down each one on a regular basis. Generally, about one pot or kettle full of boiling water down a drain once every week or two should suffice in removing buildups from fats, oils, grease, etc.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
It is never a good idea to use strong chemical cleaners on your drains, especially as they are not only mostly ineffective, but they can cause irreversible damage to your drains. By combining baking soda and vinegar, you’ll have the very best cleaning method for your drains. This mixture will rid your drain of stubborn dirt, oils and grime. Just follow up with about a quart or so of hot water to flush, after about 10 minutes. You can perform this preventative measure twice or three times yearly, as good maintenance.
A Handy Plunger
It’s good to keep a plunger around–well, actually two, if you want to be safe. One should be dedicated for use on only toilets, and kept in an appropriately corresponding location. The other one can be for most of your other drains, like kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, tub and shower drains and more. The only drains that would present more of a problem would be the drain lines leading away from your dishwasher and the drain line away leading from your washing machine. While most people tend to think of toilets only, when plungers come to mind, they can be highly effective in cleaning out a somewhat loosely clogged drain.
Clean Your Drains by Keeping Them Clean
Sounds a bit “duh,” but by exercising care about what things go down your drains, you can help to keep your drains clean and clear by watching what you are allowing to go down them. Avoid things like dental floss, fat, grease, cleansing wipes, diapers and sanitary pads. Just give a little thought to the size of those pipes and how blockages and build up might occur from various things before you drop them down the drain. And use drain filters, wherever practical.
Watch what you drop down the drains
One of the best ways to maintain your drains is by being extremely careful with what you put down them. While most drains are designed to carry waste and small items such as toilet roll, waste pipes don’t deal very well with grease and fat from food, cleansing wipes, dental floss, nappies or sanitary products.
You should be very wary about what you leave to go down your drains and should try and dispose of waste into the rubbish bin where possible. With fats and grease you can pour them into a bottle or food storage container and dispose of them into the garbage.