Your Drains Need Care Too: 3 Ways To Keep Your Drains Clean

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When it comes to your plumbing, you might be forgetting about one of the most important parts of the system. The drains in your home are responsible for transporting water and waste to your septic tank or the sewer. When those drains get clogged, all the waste can come to a virtual standstill. You can keep your drains flowing smoothly by having them professionally cleaned once a year. There are also some easy ways that you can do monthly home maintenance of your drains. Here are a few household products you can use to clean your drains.

Chlorine Bleach

Every time you shower or bathe, strands of hair go down the drain. Unfortunately, most of those hairs fail to flow all the way through to the sewer or septic tank. They end up getting stuck right inside the drain pipes. Ordinary chlorine bleach will dissolve the hair before it can turn into a clog. To clean your drains using bleach, pour 1 cup of bleach down your drains and wait about five minutes. Flush the drain with cold water to wash the debris away. Do not use this technique if you have a septic tank, as the bleach can damage your tank.

Baking Soda

In addition to clogs, dirty drains can also cause foul odors. The last thing you want to smell is rotting food coming up through your drain pipes. This homemade drain cleaning solution will clean your drains and leave them smelling fresh.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Large glass jar with lid

  • 2 cups baking soda

  • 2 cups salt

  • ½ cup cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Place all of your ingredients in a jar and put the lid on it.

  2. Shake the jar to combine the ingredients.

  3. Pour 1 cup of the mixture into your drain.

  4. Allow the mixture to sit for about an hour.

  5. Flush the drain with hot water.

Rock Salt

The toilet is one drain that you might forget about during your routine maintenance. However, this can lead to messy clogs that might require a plumber. To keep your toilet drains clean, simply flush a cup of rock salt down the toilet once a month. The rock salt will dissolve any tree roots that are trying to take root in your drain pipes. It will also clean out any grime that might be clogging your drains. Rock salt is safe for all types of drains and it won't hurt your sewer lines or septic tank.

You need to keep your drains cleaned so they'll flow properly. In addition to professional cleaning, from a company like Gold Seal Plumbing, once a year, use this simple methods to keep your drains clean all year long.

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