Drain Cleaning

Is your drain sluggish or backed up? It’s a good idea to clean your drainage pipes to keep them free of odors and clogs. Here are a few simple steps & tips to keep your drains odor free and draining properly.

Prevention Tips

Help keep tree roots from growing into house drains by flushing either 2 cups rock salt or 2 ups of copper sulfate down the toilet during the last flush of the night. (You may have to flush a few times to get the material down). Don’t use both products at the same time. Repeat the process two weeks later, then wait at least six months before doing it again.

Use drain insert strainers to help prevent any vegetable matter going down a kitchen drain. If you have to put some grease down a drain follow it with a lot of hot water to clear the drain pipes.

Clean hair out of bathroom or shower before they can go down the drain and possibly cause a blockage.

Tips when clogging occurs
Every few days run very hot tap water through the drain. This is one way to keep a drain free of odors. Treat any partially clogged drains promptly.

Put a tablespoon of baking soda into the kitchen drain about once a week, then slowly pour in 1/4 cup of vinegar or lemon juice and let it stand for 30 minutes. Next run run hot water through the drain to eliminate minor buildups and odors.

Pouring a strong salt water (brine) solution down the kitchen sink drain will eliminate odors and keep grease from building up.

Consider buying a drain cleaner solution if you have drains you can’t clear out naturally. Be sure to read the label regarding the product suitability safety for your drain pipes.(Some chemical drain cleaners will harm plastic drain pipes). Make sure the solution is safe for plastic pipes or a garbage disposal. Be sure to follow the drain cleaner instructions. And if you decide to use a chemical drain cleaner, be very careful. They can be very harmful to your personal health.

Alternatively, consider a natural drain cleaner even for blockages. Remove any standing water then pour 1/2 c. baking soda into your drain. Follow this with 1/2 c. white vinegar. The baking soda is basic and the vinegar is acidic, so they will react with a churning action should break up the blockage without using any chemicals.

If your problems are not solved by these simple home remedies, call on Precision Plumbing to resolve your Drain Cleaning issues promptly and professionally.  One call now and you are on your way to “Problem Free !”