Drain Cleaning Tips You Wish You Knew Sooner

Some of the most common causes of drain clogs in private homes include chemical concentrations, food product buildup, and grease accumulation. When these things are at their worst, it may even require professional cleaning to remove the clogs. However, your best-case scenario is eliminating these clogs using various at-home methods and tools without needing to spend money on a professional cleaning service.  So, let’s take a look at some of the most effective DIY drain cleaning techniques you can use to mitigate the effects of clogs.

Hot Water

Due to its simplicity, simple hot water cleanse is often overlooked. However, it could be all you need to remove your clog and return your drain to peak performance. By flushing the drain pipes with hot water, it can dislodge clogged materials and built-up gunk through the combination of force, water pressure, and heat. To achieve the best results, you should run the hot water through the clogged drains for about fifteen minutes and if it all goes according to plan, the bare heat and pressure from the water will remove the buildups affecting your drain.

Homemade Liquid Cleaners

You may have a unique situation that can’t be remedied by the typical drain cleaning method. In this scenario, you may want to try clearing the drains using homemade mixture solutions. Similar to commercial chemical cleaners, they can break down and dislodge drain pipe buildup, however, the difference is that they do not come with the same risk of pipe damage or deterioration from extended use. One of the most common at-home mixtures is the simple vinegar and baking soda combination and chances are, you already have these items in your pantry. When combined, they react to break down loose materials within the pipes without having any effects on the structure of the surrounding pipe walls. 

Sugared Sodas 

Another commonly overlooked drain cleaning tip due to its strangeness involves soft drinks and while unconventional, it can be quite effective. Sugary sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi can resolve common drain clogs similar to the homemade solutions mentioned previously. Soda applications can break through clogged debris thanks to the dissolving agents included in them, especially phosphoric acid. Surprisingly, these agents may even be more effective than chemical cleaners which proves that when it comes to effective drain cleaning, unconventional solutions can be the best option. 

So, these are just a few drain cleaning tips that most homeowners may not consider but certainly should in the future. For more information, feel free to contact All County Sewer & Drain at (800) 834-3102!

Drain Maintenance Tasks To Prepare For Winter

Winter has arrived, but it is never too late to prepare your home’s plumbing system for the cold winter months that are here. Keep in mind that you will want to get a lot of this work done before you reach the peak of the season. Your drain is one of the highest maintenance parts within your house’s plumbing as it always requires cleaning, draining, and/or fixing. So, with all that said, let’s take a look at a few tasks that will help keep your drain in tip-top shape during the winter season.

Unclog The Drains In The House

One of the first things you will want to do is to go around to every drain in the house and make sure that none of them are clogged. Once you have checked each drain, you should look to remove any hair or dirt currently in there at the moment. The reason for this is because, once the winter really kicks in, they will have a greater chance of becoming clogged as well. Now, you might not get everything, but you should try to remove what you can so that you won’t have to deal with it during the thick of the winter. Also, if you do find any clogged drains, do not wait when it comes to fixing them as the longer you wait, the worse it will be.

Clean Your Drains

Another task to implement is to go around to all the drains and clean them to prevent them from becoming clogged during the winter. You can use baking soda and vinegar to effectively clear your drains. Doing so once a month will significantly reduce the frequency of clogs.

Make Sure The Sinks And Showers Drain Properly

It will always be a smart idea to ensure that all of your showers, sinks, and even toilets are draining properly. Keep in mind that just because a drain is cleaned or unclogged, that does not mean that it drains properly. What some people may not be aware of is that many drainage issues come from the pipes themselves and not the drain. So, if you start to notice that water is building up and not draining properly, even after you’ve cleaned it out, be sure to contact a local professional.

Perform Hot Water Flushing

If you are someone who does not have time to clean your drains with some kind of cleaner, or maybe you already have and want to make sure that they are in working condition, you can simply pour boiling hot water over every drain. This should be repeated weekly.

Use Cold Water

Finally, you should look to use cold water in the kitchen sink as it will keep oils and grease in a solid state allowing the garbage disposal to break it up.

These are a few tasks that you will want to implement to ensure that your drain is in working condition for the winter season. If you have any further questions or would like professional assistance, reach out to All County Sewer & Drain at (800) 834-3102!