The Ultimate Guide to Drain Maintenance: Tips for Keeping Drains Clog-Free

March 7, 2024by Joshua Bradt
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Drain maintenance is an essential aspect of home ownership that is often overlooked until a problem arises. Clogged drains can be a nightmare, causing slow drainage, corrosion, flooding, and, in some cases, sewage backup and costly repairs. Fortunately, with regular care and the use of effective drain maintenance tips, homeowners can prevent these problems before they start. This guide provides practical advice on how to keep drains clog-free, ensuring your plumbing system operates smoothly year-round.

Catch Hair Before It Enters the Drain

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your drains is by preventing hair from going down the shower drain. Use a strainer or hair catcher and clean it regularly. This small step can significantly reduce the risk of clogs.

Be Careful With Grease and Oil

Never pour liquid fats, oils, or grease down your kitchen sink. As they cool, they solidify, sticking to the inside walls of your pipes and attracting other debris, which can quickly lead to a blockage. Instead of pouring them down the drain, dispose of these substances in the trash.

Be Mindful of What Else Goes Down the Drain

In addition to grease and oil, avoid putting coffee grounds, eggshells, and other non-soluble materials down your drains, as they can solidify and cause blockages. Dispose of these items in the trash instead of washing them down the sink.

Regularly Clean Your Drains

One of the most effective ways to prevent clogs is by regularly cleaning your drains. Remove any visible debris, such as hair, food particles, or soap scum, from the drain openings using a drain snake or a plunger. This simple step can significantly reduce the likelihood of clogs forming in your pipes.

To give your drains an even deeper clean, try some of these drain maintenance tips:

  • Flush With Hot Water: Flushing your drains with hot water weekly can help melt away any fatty substances clinging to the sides of your pipes. Boil a kettle of water and carefully pour it down the drain to help keep things flowing smoothly.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Treatment: This natural cleaning solution is excellent for keeping drains clog-free. Pour half a cup of baking soda, followed by an equal amount of vinegar, down the drain. Cover the drain to contain the reaction, and after about an hour, flush with hot water. This method helps break down fatty acids and keeps your drains smelling fresh.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

While it may be tempting to use chemical drain cleaners to clear clogs, these products can actually do more harm than good. They contain harsh chemicals that can damage your pipes over time and may not effectively remove stubborn clogs. Instead, opt for alternatives like baking soda and vinegar or a drain snake. For recurring clogs, schedule a professional drain cleaning service.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Despite your best efforts, some clogs can be stubborn or indicative of a larger issue. In such cases, professional drain cleaning is necessary. Highly trained plumbers can thoroughly remove any buildup from your pipes with specialized tools and equipment, such as hydro-jetters, and keep your drains running smoothly.

Tackle Clogged Drains Today!

Are you tired of dealing with clogged drains and recurring plumbing issues? Superior Plumbing & Drains is here to help! As part of our commitment to providing top-tier service to our valued clients in and around Charlotte, NC, we are offering a special deal on our hydro-jetting service for April 2024.

For just $595*, our experienced technicians will perform a thorough jetter service, clearing your drains of any buildup. Whether you’re a homeowner or a commercial property manager, this offer is available to you. Contact us now to take advantage of this limited-time offer and to receive more drain maintenance tips. With our team on the job, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your drains are clean and clog-free.

*Some limitations apply. ($595 is for up to 200ft, 1st hr). Valid for Residential & Commercial Clients. Valid April 1 – April 30, 2024. Limits: Must have acceptable clean out present. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. 

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