Common Myths About Drain Care

Posted on: 17 May 2018

Keeping the drains in your home working efficiently can seem like a frustrating task for some homeowners. This issue can be further worsened when individuals make the regrettable decision to believe myths about this part of their plumbing system.

Myth: You Should Use Boiling Water To Clear Your Drain

Hot water can be an extremely effective solution to a slow drain due to the heat's ability to loosen grease and other sticky substances. Sadly, there are some individuals that will take this too far and use boiling water for this task. Unfortunately, water that is boiling can be hot enough to melt the plastic piping and rubber seals. 

This can be especially common when there is a blockage as this can keep the scalding hot water in contact with these components for much longer than intended. Once this occurs, a major leak can develop that may contribute to major damage to your home. Rather than using boiling water, you should heat the water to just before the boiling point.

Myth: Drain Snakes Are Expensive And Difficult To Remove

The use of drain cleaning chemicals can be extremely abrasive to your pipes and seals. Due to the ability of these chemicals to corrode metal and weaken plastic, you should avoid using these chemicals unless it is a last resort. Rather, a drain snake will be the most effective and safest way of cleaning clogged drains. Some homeowners will simply assume that these tools are expensive or difficult to use. However, they can usually be purchased fairly cheaply from most hardware stores. Also, these devices are extremely easy to use as they will simply need to be fed into the drain.

Myth: There Is Nothing That Can Be Done About Foul Drain Odors

Over time, there are some of your drains that will be prone to developing issues with foul odors. Most notably, the kitchen drain will be the one that is most at risk of developing this problem. While it may seem as though there is no effective way of removing these odors, it is fairly simple. Your local hardware store will sell drain sanitizing products that can be used to neutralize the bacteria that are contributing to these odors. When you use these products, you will want to pour them down the drain and allow them to stay for at least several minutes before you rinse the drain. Depending on the severity of the odor, you may need to do several treatments to be able to fully neutralize the odor coming from the drains.

For more information, contact a company like The King's Helper.