How to Prevent Clogged Drains in Your Home

Posted on: 1 December 2016

Clogged drains in your home can be a nightmare, making your sinks, toilets, and bathtub unusable and causing foul smells to build up in your home. What is worse is that clogs often occur at the most inopportune time and are expensive and time consuming to fix.

You often have little choice but to use corrosive chemicals or call in a plumber in the case of a backed-up drain. Luckily this issue can be avoided with a bit of drain maintenance and care. Read on to learn steps you can take to prevent clogged drains in your home. 

Cleaning the drains

The first step in keeping clogging issues at bay is to regularly clean your drains. Gunk and other debris can build up in the drain pipes over time, leading to a major backup. Begin by pouring hot water in your kitchen and bathroom sinks to clear out grease and scum in the pipes. This will help keep the drains running smoothly and get rid of foul smells. You should also regularly block your sinks with a stopper, fill them all the way with tap water, and then release the stopper to let the force of water flush the connecting pipes and get rid of gunk. 

Be sure to also clean sink stoppers and drain covers to eliminate accumulating gunk. Make it habitual to also insert a bent wire into drains to pull out hair and soap scum that has accumulated in there. If you have a bathtub, remove the overflow plate to reach the spring arm, and clean the area with water to get rid of scum. You should also scrub your garbage disposal with a sturdy brush to cut slime and fat off the blades. Finally, consider pouring a baking soda or vinegar rinse in all your drains to absorb bad odors in the pipes. 

Keeping the drains clean

Now that your drains are free of debris, you want to keep them that way. Begin by placing mesh screens on all your drains to trap food particles, hair, and scum. You can also start a compost bin instead of overly depending on garbage disposal so as to reduce the amount of solids you put down your kitchen drain. 

Other steps you can take to keep your drains clean include brushing your hair before showering so to prevent loose hair from going into the drain and pouring grease or oil from pans and pots into a container for disposal in the trash instead of dumping grease and oil into the sink.

For professional help getting your drains clear, call a drain-blockage clearing service.