Clogged drains are one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. It is a lot easier than you think to end up backing up your pipes, and it’s a dirty job to fix. Not to mention expensive, if you can’t handle it yourself. There are a lot of common mistakes that people unwittingly make every single day that could contribute to a build up in your drains. And once they’re blocked, there’s no going back.
If you’ve already gotten to the stage that your drains are blocked, you’ll need to look at drainage facilities. That involves specialists coming out to help you unclog them. For a more minor problem, you may be able to fix it yourself. But if the problem is much greater than that, you could risk making the situation worse by tampering with it. Prevention, though, as they say, is better than cure. Don’t give yourself an unnecessary headache. Check out some of these tips for preventing your drains from clogging.
Be Careful About What You Pour Down The Drain
The most common cause of your drains being blocked is food going down the drain. You know the little bits that come off your plate while washing up? They’re the ones that cause the most havoc. Make sure that you properly scrape all excess food into the bin before putting your dishes into the sink. You want your dish water to be as clear as possible, with no bits of food floating around.
Likewise, there are a couple of other things that contribute to clogged drains. Fat is one of the most hazardous things to pour down the sink, and not many people know about it. Although when cooked, it is a clear liquid, it solidifies rapidly upon cooling. So, while it may go down your sink as a liquid, it’ll quickly harden up and clog your drains. Other enemies of your pipes are granules like coffee and gravy. Be careful about pouring them down the sink as they can get caught.
How To Clean Your Sink
Spoiler alert: it doesn’t involve just washing the basin after use. No, rather, you’re going to need to perform some regular work to make sure it all works okay. After each use, you should try to purge your drain with a flow of hot water. This will just help everything to go down the pipes more easily, and contribute to stopping the aforementioned fat from hardening.
Every three months, you should aim to wash your drains out with vinegar. It may sound crazy, but it works, trust us. Don’t use your expensive white wine vinegars for this, though. Pick up some distilled vinegar for dirty cheap and use that. Let it sit in your drains for around half an hour before rinsing it out with the hot water method above. This will help break down any build up before washing it out. A combination of salt and baking soda in warm water also works well for this.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to take care of your drains. Use the above tips and you shouldn’t run into any problems.