How can I take care of the drains in my home?

by McAtee LLC on February 7, 2014

Tips On Properly Maintaining Your Drains

 

Columbus PlumberWhen you see water sitting in the sink, it’s not a good thing. But you can take some simple steps to keep your drains flowing free. Drains tend to clog from hair and grease. There are things you can do to help keep these out of the pipes. Put a screen over your kitchen and bathroom sink drains to catch food particles and hair. Don’t put grease down the sink; save it in an old container.

Still, bits of clog-makers will get down drains. Pour vinegar down the drains periodically, about 3 times a year. The mild acid will eat away at debris in the pipes, and will also kill bacteria that cause odors. Put in half a bottle of white vinegar, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then run hot water down the pipe. This is cheaper than chemical products, and chemicals can erode the pipes and adversely affect the environment.

If you have a garbage disposal, you can put ice cubes down the drain every now and then while it’s running. Make sure the water is running down the drain, as well. The ice cubes will knock off food particles that have become stuck to the blades, and the water will wash them away. This can prevent chunks of food from building up and clogging the drain.

A tip for preventing food odors in the kitchen is to run hot water down the drain right after washing the dishes. If you have a garbage disposal, it’s good to run it while you’re running the hot water. This flushes down food particles that might otherwise sit in the drain.

Food particles will sometimes stay in kitchen drains, however, and cause odors. Hair can also cause odors in the bathroom. A good odor remover is baking soda. Put half a cup of baking soda into the drain and leave it for 20 minutes, then wash it down with boiling water.

A few easy–and inexpensive–steps can keep your drains and your day running smooth. Are you dealing with clogged drains in your Columbus home? Call McAtee LLC at (614) 252-9400 and schedule a service call today!

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