How to Keep Drain Pipes Clean [Expert Tips]
Figuring out how to keep drain pipes clean can be one of the most frustrating tasks to get right. Especially if you have spent all of your time and effort trying and failed miserably.
The first and most important factor in preventing clogged drains is watching what you put down them. With a little education on what not to put down your drains and a few tips to go with it, you can put off the inevitable and save yourself a lot of time and trouble.
This guide will give you tips on how to keep drains clear. If you can remember them, this information should get you well on your way to preventing clogged drains from happening in the first place, saving you time and trouble in the future.
How to Keep Drain Pipes Clean: First Steps
To prevent clogged drains, first, you need to understand the main things that cause them to clog. Hair, soap scum, coffee grounds, and kitchen grease are a drain’s worst aggressors. Avoid them like the plague to keep your drains clear longer.
Some other food items that can clog drains are banana peels, potato peels and any other type of vegetable or fruit peels can get lodged and cause clogs in your drain pipes.
Grains, cereals, and pieces of bread also can build up and clog your drains in the kitchen. Basically, anything soft and sticky should be washed down with water to make sure that it doesn’t gel up, stick, and harden inside of your drain pipes.
Follow these tips on how to keep drains clear:
Use a Drain Screen
First and foremost, filtering the scraps that are allowed to enter your drain is the most important factor in preventing clogs from happening. Using a drain screen will ensure that your food particles get trapped where you can easily throw them out.
Catching food particles “in the act” is the single most important step in preventing food and other things from lodging or sticking in your drain causing trouble later on down the road.
Throw Coffee Grinds in the Garbage
Throwing coffee grounds in the garbage is also an important step in preventing clogged drains. If you do manage to get your drain pipes clogged with coffee grounds, try a plunger to get them unclogged.
If a plunger doesn’t work, you can try to remove the P-trap and clear it out, or give us a call and we will be glad to take care of it for you.
Save Grease in an Old Can
You can save your cooking grease in an old coffee or bean can or any other metal container, and throw it out after it cools. Coffee cans work great because they have lids, and you can easily store them under the sink, in an overhead cabinet, or somewhere else out of the way for future use.
Use Baking Soda and Hot Water
Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent to help you keep the buildup out of your drains.
If you have some baking soda to spare, it doesn’t hurt to throw a handful in every now and then and run some hot water in behind it. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that works by neutralizing the pH in odors.
Clean Hair Out of Drains Frequently
There are drain screens that are made to catch hair, such as the TubShroom available in a number of places, Here is one on Jet.com that customers are saying works wonders if you want to try one out for the shower.
Have Plumbing Serviced Regularly
It is a good idea to have your plumbing regularly serviced to avoid clogs and make sure everything is in great working condition. We cover everything from hot water heater trouble to simple drain clogs, just follow this link to speak to someone about your needs.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Trick
When you were a kid, did you ever make baking soda and vinegar volcanoes? If you did, you already know basically how to do this trick. Follow these steps to remove a clog:
- Add 1 Cup Baking Soda to Drain
- Add 1 Cup Vinegar
- Add 1 Cup Water
- Cover the Drain
- In 15 Minutes Flush with Hot Water
If this doesn’t work to get your drain unclogged, and you’ve tried to plunge your sink already, you should consider calling a licensed plumber, as you may have a bigger problem than just a minor clog.
Common Safety Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains
The following tips are more the common sense type, but they are also the most important ones of all because they are preventative. If you get everyone in the house with their mind on it, you can keep a clean running ship, and prevent many clogs from ever happening.
Scrape All Food Scraps into Trash Can
Scrape all fat, bread, pieces of food, and even crumbs into the trash can before rinsing your dishes. This will ensure that your drains stay free from debris, which cuts down over half the chances of a clog.
Run Hot Water
Always running hot water while you are working at the kitchen sink will ensure that debris doesn’t get stuck in your drain pipe.
If you are cooking greasy foods like spaghetti, steak, or french fries, always rinse dishes thoroughly after scraping scraps off into the trash, and rinse the sink well with hot water to keep the grease residue from congealing in your pipes.
Being aware of all the possible problems is half of the battle. This article should arm you with the knowledge you need to start using more caution when you wash dishes and help you reduce clogs in the bathroom as well.
Clearing your drains will help make sure that your drains aren’t backing up, and help you prevent clogged drains before they occur.
How to Keep Drain Pipes Clean – Summary
Sometimes other problems occur that can clog pipes. Tree roots, collapsing pipes, pipe pieces, and shifts in the ground around pipes can all be a contributing factor to clogged drain pipes.
If you think you may have a problem bigger than a minor sink clog, or you need any help unclogging a drain, we offer a full line of plumbing services. Check out our specials page for deals and discounts, and don’t forget that you can contact us with any questions.
Be sure to share this list of tips with your family and friends! One of the most common household problems that people face, especially in the kitchen… Is how to keep drains clean!
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About the Author
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