Tips To Help Keep Your Drains Clear And Smelling Fresh

11 March 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The drains in your house are probably the last thing you think about when in comes to cleaning. Keeping your drains clean, however, is very important, as a buildup of gunk can cause a clog or worse, a backup. That clog or backup can turn into a costly repair if not properly taken care of. See below for some helpful tips you can do to keep your drains clear and even smelling fresh.

The Drains

There are a number of drains in your home - sink, toilet, shower/tub, floor and even your washing machine has a drain. All of these drains can become clogged. Only items meant to go down those drains should be put in the drain. Things that can accumulate and clog your drain include grease, paint, hair, soap and even toilet paper. 

Preventative Maintenance

To help prevent drain clogs, be sure that items aren't thrown into the drains. Little fingers may think the drain is a great place to drop things like keys or the toilet is a great place to give their stuffed animals a bath. Be sure to keep an eye on your drains before flushing or running the garbage disposal. Little ones aren't the only ones responsible for clogs. Never flush feminine products down the toilet, even if they say they can be flushed. Some homes may not be able to tolerate these items and can clog your sewer system. Also be sure to dispose of grease properly. Place hot grease into a jar and allow it to harden. Do not send it down your drain. The grease can harden in your drains and cause a clog. Clear out shower drains often to get rid of hair or soap that has built up.

Clearing Clogs

If the unthinkable happens and you have a clog, do not use harsh clog clearing products on old pipes, as they can eat away the pipes, weakening them. Use hot water, vinegar and baking soda instead. 

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar into your clogged drain. You should see it foaming, which is fine. Allow the mixture to sit in your drain for an hour or two.
  2. Next, pour boiling hot water down the sides of your drain. The boiling hot water will help push out the clog and by pouring it down the sides of your drain, you are cleaning anything stuck to the sides of your drain.

For toilet clogs, use a plunger. If the plunger is not working, you can use a snake or an industrial snake and machine to remove the clog.

Fresh Smell

To give your drains a fresh smell, you can add baking soda and hot water to your drains to help not only keep it clear, but to also freshen the drain. To freshen a smelly garbage disposal, simply use homemade frozen lemon ice cubes. Place them in the disposal and run it. The ice helps to keep your blades sharp and the lemons will give the disposal a fresh scent. You can also use frozen white vinegar cubes -- the vinegar will help clean your disposal as well.

Keeping your drains clean, clear and fresh by maintaining them on a regular basis will help prevent future clogs. If you do run into a problem that is too much for you to handle, be sure to contact a professional drain cleaning company for help.

For drain cleaning, contact a company such as West Sound Plumbing Service.


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