Simple Drain Maintenance
Maintenance is important in preventing clogs and back-ups in your plumbing. Especially in older houses and apartments with old plumbing. By regulating what goes into your plumbing you can prevent a clog. Cleaning out your drain stopper or strainer of any clinging build-up, like hair, food, sediment, and grime, prevents the accumulation which can completely clog a drain.
Simple De-Clogging Solutions
Remember that every plumbing appliance whether sink, toilet or tub, as a trap. A trap prevents the backflow of sewer gas back into your home. This is where most clogs occur. First, locate the clog. Also remember that some clogs, especially those caused by paper, will resolve by themselves all they need is time. If time doesn’t solve the problem try one of these home remedies.
For Clogged Drains:
The Traditional Plunger
This simple tool works just as well on drains as it does on toilets. Petroleum jelly applied to the rim of the plunger will help the suction. Just remember to keep the toilet plunger separate from the one you use in the sinks.
A Drain Snake, or Plumber’s auger, allows you to explore and probe the drain until you can “hook” the clog and remove it or break it up.
There are now safe natural enzyme and bacteria cultures, such as Bio-Clean, available that will breakdown or eat organic waste. Once a month use is recommended to keep clogs from happening.
Chemical Solutions – Not Recommended!
Drano, Liquid-Plumber, or other chemicals are designed to unclogged drains, just make sure to try other options before resorting to chemicals, since the chemicals can corrode your piping if used in excess and are dangerous to the environment and your family.
Know Your Limits
Please be aware of your abilities and limits. If the clog cannot be removed by one of these simple solutions, don’t dismantle the pipes in an attempt to get at the clog. Some clogs can only be fixed by a licensed plumber.