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Keeping Your Drains Clean

Many people take their home's drains for granted until something goes wrong. You use your drains every day, and it's important to keep the, running smoothly. When you do notice that something is wrong, it needs to be fixed as quickly as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your drains clean

Signs Your Drains Need Cleaning

So how do you know when you need your drains cleaned? Here are some simple signs to let you know:

  • bad small coming from your drains
  • drains are slow to drain
  • overflowing toilets
  • backed up drains
  • flooded basement
  • gurgling noises
  • puddles of water around drains and toilet
  • it's been a long time since a cleaning

While most home owners only need to call when there's a serious issue, if it's been years since your drains have been cleaned, it's a good idea to call for cleaning as a preventative measure. 

Keeping Your Drains Clean

One of the best ways to keep your drains clean is to simply run scalding hot water through them once a week. The hot water breaks up any stubborn material. You can also add a handful of baking soda while running the water or a cup of vinegar. You can also run the water for thirty seconds after you use your garbage disposal to ensure that you've removed all of the material. 

Tips to Keep Your Drains Clean

Sometimes drains get clogged unnecessarily due to people using drains improperly. Here are a couple of tips that will keep you from needing to call a professional. 

  • Do not use too much liquid drain cleaner. While they are made to help clean your drains, using too much can actually cause more damage than good. They contain an item called lye which is damaging in large quantities. If you do decide to use liquid drain cleaner, follow the instructions carefully. 
  • Don't pour grease or coffee grounds down your drains. Be sure to throw these items out in your garbage. 
  • Don't put fibrous vegetables in your garbage disposal (celery, broccoli, carrots, etc...). You also shouldn't put eggshells, bones, potato skin, or pasta down the garbage disposal. 
  • Use drain stoppers to catch food in the sink and hair in the bathroom. This prevents larger items from coming down the drain and allows for easy cleaning.  O
  • Only use your toilet as directed. Don't flush anything down the toilet except waste and toilet paper. 

For more information, contact companies like Roto Rooter Sewer & Drain Service

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Although it might seem like something that is easy to do, plumbing isn't one of those jobs for the faint of heart, especially in heavily used areas like bathrooms and kitchens. I started thinking about learning how to repair plumbing a few months ago, and it was really neat to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Before I knew it, I was able to streamline my entire home through proper repair, and I was impressed with the results. I wanted to start a website completely devoted to plumbing repair, so I made this blog. Check it out!

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