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Tips On Properly Maintaining Your Drains

Round Lake Plumber

Keeping drains free from clogs ensures they run clear and clean. This can be done by performing regular maintenance. It is always smart to keep your plumber’s phone number handy in case of emergency.

Immediately remove items that can clog drains, such as hair, food and soap scum from the sink. This prevents them from getting into the pipes and causing a problem. Giving the drains a thorough cleaning once a month is recommended as well.

Hair gets stuck in bathroom drains. It cannot be avoided. Use your fingers and a pair of tweezers to remove the visible hair. Wearing latex gloves when removing objects from the drain may be more comfortable as the objects can be slimy. With gloves on, get as much of the soap scum and slime out as possible using your fingers. For stubborn slime, try using an old toothbrush to get rid of it. The final step to maintaining the bathroom drain is using an abrasive cleaner with a cotton cloth and then flushing for a few minutes with hot water. For preventative maintenance, drain screens are recommended on bathtubs. They stop foreign objects, such as hair, from plugging the drain. They need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

The kitchen drain is in perpetual use. Food particles and grease can cause a drain to become plugged when they clump together. Regular cleaning is a must. At regular intervals, run the hot water tap, then add a solution of one tablespoon of baking soda and a quarter cup of vinegar. Allow it to sit for approximately a half hour, then run the hot water again to dissolve the solution. For the most effective cleaning of the kitchen drain, add a salt water solution after the baking soda has been dissolved. A sink strainer for the kitchen sink is always a good idea, as it will catch food and foreign objects before they can enter the drain.

As soon as a clog in the sink is noticed, it should be dealt with. If the clog is not dealt with immediately, it can get worse over time. By following the simple steps outlined above, you should have drains that run clear and clean.

Are you dealing with clogged drains in your Round Lake home? Call Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer & Drainage at (815) 781-2567 and schedule a service call today!


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