If you have ever been in the vicinity when a clogged drain was clean, or if you have ever had the displeasure of cleaning it yourself, then you know exactly how gross it can be. The appearance of “sludge” is pretty distinct, and its odor is even worse. Each time your clogged drain becomes an issue, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent it from occurring again – or at least as often. Surprisingly there are simple, truly easy, things that you can do to help keep your drains clear.
- Avoid allowing hair to go down the drain. Hair is one of the main culprits of drainage sludge. When hair gets trapped in the drain, it blocks the drain and catches everything else. Once hair has caught all it can catch, it will have formed into a large, stinky mess in the drain that will not allow anything else to pass through. When you see hair in the sink, don’t wash it down the drain. A few sheets of damp toilet paper or tissue will easily wipe away the hair before it goes down the drain and causes issues.
- Run hot water down your kitchen sink every day. Hot water has the ability to help break up food particles that have been washed down the drain after rinsing plates, bowls, and silverware. *Of course, you should try to wipe all remaining food off into a trash can before you rinse your plate to avoid large backups in your drain.
- Pour a cup of vinegar down your drain once a week. Vinegar truly is an all-purpose household solution! This natural component is able to break away grime from the inside of your drains, and when it is used on a regular basis, it can help keep your drains clear. Pour one cup of vinegar down your drains, let it “do its thing” for about five minutes, and then run hot water. Adding this simple method to your weekly cleaning routine will go a long way in keeping your drains clean and clear. Vinegar is also a great way to help keep gnats and fruit flies at bay during the hot summer months.
If you are experiencing a clogged drain that won’t clear, contact Absolute Best Plumbing today. We can quickly fix the problem so you can get on with your day.
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