Clogged drains are a common menace that most homeowners experience at some point.
However, it is incredibly frustrating to have to deal with them. A blocked drain in a bathtub, toilet, or sink can emit an unpleasant smell and significantly damage the overall plumbing system.
And sometimes, you might even have to deal with a mess due to a backed-up drain. Now, you may think your best bet is to contact professionals to clean it. However, we have a few tips and tricks you can employ to ensure that your drains don’t clog easily.
Read on to learn about them.
How To Prevent Drain Clogs At Home?
1. Keep An Eye On What Goes Inside The Drain
It’s rare to find a drain clog that owes its existence to one object getting stuck down the drain. Usually, it results from a build-up of solid or semi-solid material over time. So, you must closely watch what kind of things enter the drain. If you see any sort of solid being flushed down the drain, stop it.
2. Flush The Drain With Hot Water
Some of the most common reasons behind drain clogs include food waste flushed down the sink. The resultant grease, oils, and fats from these food-related substances block the drains and solidify over time.
Ideally, these kinds of things should never go down the drain. However, despite doing your best, some food waste eventually winds up in the drain and clogs it. Hence, we recommend pouring hot (but not boiling) water into the drain every week to prevent this issue.
This helps break down any solidified waste and clears the passage for the water to go through. However, ensure that you pour the water carefully without splashing it on yourself since hot water can cause burns.
Lastly, make sure to transfer any leftover grease or oil from plates and utensils into a separate container and only then throw it in the trash.
3. Clean The Drains Regularly
As we mentioned earlier, most clogs in drains can be attributed to the accumulation of solid waste over time. So cleaning them regularly can reduce the odds of a build-up formation.
Common things that usually end up clogging drains (especially the ones in showers) are lint and hair. In such cases, you can use a bent hanger or a wire to clear the drain, provided that they aren’t too far past the drain's opening.
You can also pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Wait for 30-40 minutes and pour hot water into the drain. You’ll notice that all the grime and gunk will have dissipated, and your drain will be clean and odourless.
4. Stay Away From Damaging Drain Cleaners
Some drain cleaners contain many chemicals, which have more disadvantages than benefits. For instance, they may damage the pipes by corroding them or weakening the joints, thereby impacting the water flow. The chemical overload may release toxic gases or leave chemical burns on the skin. And they can also contain a multitude of toxins, which can potentially contaminate the groundwater.
5. Use A Good Quality Plunger
A plunger is a necessary tool that helps with drain maintenance and cleaning and is a go-to for most people when a drain blockage shows up. Hence, you should always use a good-quality plunger. In this regard, there are two kinds of plungers:
A. Common Cup
This one has a firm, long handle with a cup-shaped structure at the end. This creates pressure on the drain and helps break up blockages. These plungers are great for use with flat surfaces such as tubs and sinks; however, they aren’t effective with toilets.
Flange plungers are specially designed to be used with toilets. Like their predecessors, they have a similar cup-like structure at their end in addition to a flap, which sticks out beyond the cup rim. This flap lets the plunger create a seal with the surface of the toilet drain and clean it.
Ensure that you always use the correct plunger for the job since they have distinct uses and aren’t interchangeable.
6. Put Drain Strainers Inside Sinks
This is among the simplest ways to prevent the entry of solids inside the drain pipes. Drain strainers are mesh devices usually made from stainless steel, and they fit inside the drain snugly to catch any solids coming their way. The best part is that they come in multiple sizes, so you’ll find one that fits your drains.
However, remember to clean the drain strainers regularly; otherwise, they’re as good as a blockage themselves!
Keeping Your Drains Clear At Home
If you follow the above tips, then you’ll be able to prevent drain blockages to a great extent. But if you encounter a serious one, call a professional immediately before the situation worsens. Unchecked drain clogs can weaken the piping over time and lead to more severe problems.
With this, we’ve reached the end of this guide. Until next time!