While some aspects of residential plumbing, such as drain cleaning are best left to the professionals, there are a few simple and inexpensive tasks that you can do to avoid potential drain problems and save yourself your money as well.
None of these tasks require special physical prowess or skills, and mostly allow you to escape the more smelly and dirty aspects of residential drain cleaning.
Keeping your drains clear without using harmful chemicals
One solution for keeping your drains clear may be as close as your kitchen cabinet. White vinegar and baking soda, when combined, produce a chemical reaction that eats away at the buildup inside your drains.
All you need to do is to pour a cup of baking soda into your drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. A fizzing, frothy mixture will appear to expand from your drain to eventually subside and work its way down through the muck that lines the inside of your drain pipes.
This method of drain cleaning uses no acids that are harmful to humans, your pipes, and the environment, and leaves a clean fresh smell in its wake.
Removing and keeping hair out of bathroom drains
Hair is a major component of drain clogs, because of its strong tensile strength. The amount of hair found in many bathroom drains can be staggering, especially if some occupants have longer hair.
If you peer into your tub or shower drain, you may see a few individual hairs draped across the perpendicular spokes of the drain cup. Unless you remove hair from your drain cup on a daily basis, these few hairs are likely to be supporting a large mass of hair, soap scum, and other clogging agents that are just out of view.
This hairball must be removed with care, because if it is allowed to fall further into the drain line, it can cause serious clogging at a much more inaccessible point in the system.
Removing a hairball
You must first gain control of the supporting hairs if you want to gain access to the hairball. This can be done by pressing a piece of duct tape against the hairs, lifting the tape, then wrapping the tape around the hairs to secure them,
You can then pull the hairball into view and begin to cut away at the mass with a pair of small scissors or a utility knife. You can then pull the pieces of the hairball through the spokes of the drain cup until the mass itself fits through.
Keeping hair out of bathroom drains
There are simple round screens that can be placed over bathroom drains to keep hair out. If everyone in the family is cooperative and doesn't kick them away from the drains, they should be cleaned of accumulated hair on a daily basis.
If you have troublemakers, younger kids, or a combination of the two, you should use a " mushroom" type of hair filter that fits into the drain cup itself. These require effort to dislodge, and may meet with less resistance.
These filters, shaped like a mushroom, are sized for different locations, such as tubs or showers, so be sure to buy the correct sizes for your needs.
For professional help, get in touch with a service like Belfair Plumbing & Drain Service.Share
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