3 Tips For Taking Better Care Of Your Drains

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Drains are a crucial yet rather unappreciated aspect of most homes. Most people forget all about their home's drains until something goes wrong, such as a frequently clogged kitchen sink or a backed up bathtub. Taking good care of your drains can not only prevent these sorts of problems from ever happening, but is also good for your plumbing system as a whole. Here are three tips for taking better care of your drains:

Flush Them Regularly

Flushing your drains once a week or so with hot water is a great way to clear away any lingering food debris, hair, or grease that can cause clogs or other issues if not flushed away. Simply heat up a pot of water on the stove and pour it down the drain, allowing the heat and the force of the water to work together to clear your drains. Simply repeat this step for all of the drains in your house. If you make tea or otherwise heat up a kettle of water on a regular basis, you may want to get in the habit of immediately flushing the leftover heated water down your drains.

Be Wary of Food Waste

Even when you have a garbage disposal, putting excessive food waste down the drain can cause clogs and the accumulation of food debris. In particular, try to avoid putting anything starchy (like potatoes, rice, or pasta) down the drain, as this type of food expands and releases gummy starch when wet, and quickly becomes a big, gluey mess. Coffee grounds, egg shells, and grease should also be avoided. Instead of throwing fruit peels, eggshells, and vegetable rinds down the drain, consider starting a composting bin instead.

Clear Minor Clogs Naturally

Instead of using harsh chemicals to unclog your drains, use a natural remedy instead. The harsh chemicals in commercial drain clearing agents can damage and corrode your drains and pipes over time. Simply pouring a large amount of baking soda, followed by white vinegar into your drains is a great way to naturally clear away clogs. Let the mixture sit for twenty minutes or so and then rinse with a large amount of water. Baking soda and vinegar come together in a mild chemical reaction that naturally clears through hair, food debris, and other clogs.

By following these tips, you will help keep your home's drains in tip-top shape and prevent inconvenient and potentially costly plumbing problems throughout your home. 

 

Visit Coastal Plumbing Inc. for more ideas on how to improve your plumbing.

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