Although you can’t usually see them, arguably the most important feature of your home is the drains. If they ever stop working, you’ll definitely know about it, that’s for sure. This is why it’s so important that you maintain them in working condition or the consequences can be very frustrating and expensive, to say the least. Fortunately, this doesn’t need to be difficult to do. Below are some easy steps to follow to ensure that your drains keep performing all year round.
Add Hot Water
In the winter, be sure to run a little hot water down your drains for a few minutes from time to time. This is a great way of keeping them nice and warm so they don’t freeze. Even when the temperature in your home is kept warm, the subterranean pipes may be reaching freezing temperatures without you even knowing it. This is especially important if you’ve been away for a while and the heat wasn’t on.
However, your drains may still be under siege even in the warmer months. For example, if you ever wash out any pots or pans with grease in them, it’s essential that hot water follows next to ensure the grease makes it into the sewer system instead of sticking around to cause a clog.
For best results, just add some vinegar and baking soda to the mix. The combination, plus warm water, will clean out your drain at any time, but it’s especially important that you do this when grease has been involved.
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Check Your Bathtub
Although the tub is where we go to get clean, the aftermath can leave drains clogged and in a vulnerable position. This is why you need to regularly check the drain for hair, soap and fluids that may be blocking water.
Of course, much of the problem may be too far down the drain for you to see. That’s why you should once again use water and baking soda to clean the drain out periodically. Then clean the entire area.
When water is draining normally, you shouldn’t be having any issues. Nonetheless, it’s still a good idea to run this routine every now and then.
Stay Away from Harsh Chemicals
The reason we advocate using so many natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar is because they are not only effective but kind to your drains too. Using store bought chemicals often get the job done, but they also harm the pipes themselves. Over time, this can cause huge problems.
Call in the Professionals
Sometimes, the above solutions simply won’t cut it. If you try them and you’re not seeing results, it’s time to call in the professionals before something really bad happens.
However, it’s also a good idea to call in the professionals from time to time simply to get your plumbing inspecting. This is a great way to catch problems before they ever start.
Although they’re not the most glamorous component of your home, the pipe system is no less important. Follow the above advice to ensure they’re always getting the attention they deserve.
~ Cherie Young ~