Clogged drains are a common issue that can cause major problems for any household. Debris and grime accumulate in the drain over time, eventually leading to blockage if not properly maintained.
A clogged drain is an indication that your household isn’t as clean as you think it is. Yes, you may regularly clean the rest of the house, but cleaning and de-clogging the drains should not be an exception. As it happens, most pipe leak repair projects occur as a result of clogged drains.
Here are some tips on how to clean your drains at home:
Basic manual cleaning – One way to clean the drains is to pour a pot of boiling water in the sink or tub while opening the drain line so that the water continuously passes through. Adding baking soda and vinegar as well will make it easier for mineral buildup to melt away.
Remove molds – Molds can appear almost anywhere – especially in moist areas, such as kitchen sinks, bathrooms, showers and even in the toilet. To remove this, mix baking soda and vinegar in hot water, add laundry detergent, then pour on the hot water mixture as you brush to thoroughly clean and wash off the molds.
Hot water, baking soda, vinegar and muriatic acid solutions may not be effective if there’s a major blockage in your drain. If these cleaning solutions don’t seem to be working for you, then it’s time to contact your trusty plumbing repair company. They’ll be able to find the source of this problem clog and break it up before you potentially make matters worse trying to take care of it on your own.
Clear out hair – Avoid hair buildup in your bathroom pipes by using a drain strainer. Drain strainers are great for preventing hair from clogging up your pipes. They work by catching the loose hairs that fall out and wash down the drain as you shower. Hair that does make its way down the drain can be dissolved by pouring hot water in the sink, followed by the appropriate amount of muriatic acid. Let it set for 30 minutes to allow it to dissolve the hair, dirt and grime.
Cleaning out your drains regularly will result in a healthier home free from the germs and bacteria that can lurk in dirty drains. In addition, clean drains will save you from having to spend extra money on preventable plumbing issues.
So what are you waiting for? Contact Oak Plumbing for your plumbing needs and sewer line repair. Call our experts today at (707) 200-7594 to receive a quality evaluation. We serve Sacramento and Vacaville, CA.