Drain Cleaning

There is nothing more irritating than a clogged drain.  Whether it’s a backed up kitchen sink or a blocked bathtub, clogged drains add unnecessary stress to our already busy lives.  Luckily there are a number of ways to prevent and fix clogged drains.

First of all, every drain in your house should have a reliable strainer to prevent things like hair or large chunks of food from accumulating in the pipes; you should clean these strainers at least once a week.  Also, try to avoid putting oil or greasy food down the drain as they tend to accumulate and cause blockages.  Additionally, throw things like potato skins, egg shells, fruit rind, coffee grinds, and even small pieces of soap in the trash as they will also accumulate in the pipes over time.  These are fairly common sense techniques to prevent clogged drains, but often times clogs arise no matter what precautions we take.  Luckily, there are a couple ways to deal with stubborn clogs without immediately calling the plumber.

If you experience a clogged drain anywhere in your house, the first thing you should do is plunge it.  Fill the sink or bathtub with some hot water, make sure you get a good seal with the plunger, and then proceed to plunge the drain firmly at least 15-20 times.  If the plunger fails then try mixing together half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda, pour it down the drain, and wait for 3-4 hours.  Then run the hot water for a couple of minutes.  If these methods don’t work then you can purchase more powerful chemical cleaners at the hardware store, although they are often very harmful to the environment.   Also, make sure to use gloves and protective clothing when handling these chemical cleaners.  Finally, if your drains are still clogged after using the more powerful cleaners, you should call a plumber because your drains are likely corroded and require replacement/repair.