Drains are supposed to keep their lines open and take whatever comes their way. It is not surprising some drains choose to rebel and block the flow of water so to speak. If you neglect your drain, this is what happens and your bathroom and kitchens coudl start overflowing with dirty water. In order to prevent this you will need to take proactive preventive measures to keep drains clean.
Consider the abuse drains take
Your bathroom drain unquestioningly accepts oil, soap, hair, dirt and dust. Your kitchen drain comes in for even worse treatment. It accepts food particles, oils and other stuff that you usually use in your kitchen and it is the one to show signs of clogging sooner rather than later.
How to keep drains clean?
Prevention is a better solution to keep drains clean rather than taking remedial action. Your bathroom drain will have a grate but it has large openings. If you can find it, buy a strainer type cover made of fine mesh stainless steel and put it over the large grate. This will collect the larger sized particles and will ensure that your bathroom drain will not become clogged sooner. Once a week put in some soda in the drain and let it stand overnight and then pour in hot boiling water.
Your kitchen needs a more meticulous approach. The first thing that you need to do before you use kitchen sinks is to install a wire mesh strainer over the drain hole. This done, you change your practices. Use the work table surface to carry out operations, collect the waste materials and store them in cardboard containers or plastic bags. Sponge the surfaces clean. Before you clean and wash utensils, empty the contents into trash bags.
Industries have “best practices” methods for each process. When you use your bathrooms and kitchen you will surely benefit if you follow best practices to prevent clogging.
Clogged drains? Clean them this way
Despite best efforts the drains will clog over time and the first indication here is that they do not clear immediately when you pour water. This is the right time to take proper steps to clean your drain instead of waiting for a full blockage. Use a variety of methods outlined below.
- Keep a drain snake handy and use it only once a week to clear any debris that may start adhering to the walls of the drain pipes.
- Unscrew the cover to the trap underneath the kitchen sink and remove all debris. In most cases this will resolve the problem of clogged drains in the kitchen. While you are at it, insert the drain snake inside the pipe and give a good twirl to remove any debris that may have accumulated inside.
- Organic material may be difficult to remove but not with you use hydrogen peroxide. It will attack organic materials and pathogens and bacteria inside the drains and the bubbling you see is good ole hydrogen peroxide at work. Let it remain in the pipe overnight. It will sanitize the pipe and remove debris.
- Pour hot boiling water in the kitchen sink if it clogged and let it stay overnight. Add soda to increase efficacy. You may need to follow this up with mechanical scraping using the snake or a piece of flexible steel wire rope.
- Water jetting and compressed air jetting are some of the other effective methods that you can try to clean clogged drains in bathrooms and kitchens. Alternate water jetting with the wire process and work the hose deeper into the pipe and you will eventually clean the pipe.
There are times when nothing works. You know it is time to take help of the professional to clean your drain.