by The Nashville Plumber on November 5, 2012

One of the most unpleasant tasks of home maintenance is drain cleaning. Most every homeowner has had to deal with a clogged drain at one time or another, but would prefer to avoid it, if possible.

Good drain maintenance is key to keeping drains and pipes free-flowing and clean smelling. First, it is extremely important to be careful what you allow to go down your drains. Grease in kitchen drains is the number one culprit for stopped up drains. Although it is liquid when hot, it quickly cools, then solidifies and ends up coating the pipes below. It is best to pour grease into a tin can while still hot and dispose of in the trash.

Another tip for keeping kitchen drains in good condition is to be cautious about what is put through the disposal. Anything not chewed up well by the disposal can end up clogging your sink. Also, remember to use lots of water when running the disposal so that debris can be flushed all the way through the pipes. Do NOT put coffee grinds down your sink!!

In the bathroom, hair is usually the main thing to clog sink and shower drains. If possible, brush hair well before washing it in the sink or shower. This will help to remove a lot of the loose hair so less will collect in the drain. When brushing the hair, step away from the sink, so that hair will not get washed down the drain.

Caution must also be used when flushing paper products in the toilet. Toilet paper is designed to be flushed. Most other paper such as paper towels, feminine products, diapers, etc are not.

The best preventive maintenance for your drains is a monthly “hot toddy”. Take 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Pour down each drain and allow to fizz for¬†approximately¬†30 seconds. Then follow this with 2 quarts of boiling water. Doing this at bedtime monthly will help keep drains flowing and may well save you a plumber’s bill.

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