Keep Things Moving In The Right Direction: How To Provide Proper Drain Maintenance

Posted on: 15 December 2020

Now that you've bought a new home, you want to learn about proper maintenance. All of the major operating systems in your home require routine maintenance; this includes the plumbing. When you think of plumbing maintenance, you probably think of faucets, showers, and toilets. But, you should also think about the drains. The drains in your home are responsible for the movement of all water and waste. Because of that, they should be kept clean, clear, and in good repair. One way to keep them clean and clear is to avoid sending things like oil, grease, large food particles down the drains. Another way is to keep things like tampons, sanitary wipes, and baby wipes out of the toilets. In addition to those steps, here are three additional tips you need to take to keep your drains clean and clear.

Have Drains Serviced Once a Year

Drains can fill with dirt and debris quite quickly. They can also sustain damage from tree branches, rust, and contact with shovels and excavation equipment. Because of these issues, you should take a three-step approach to annual drain maintenance. First, your drains should be inspected at least once a year. Annual inspections can identify any issues that need to be addressed, including the issues described above. Second, your drains should be cleaned at least once a month. Cleaning removes the dirt and debris that tends to cause stubborn clogs. Finally, if damage is discovered during the inspection, those repairs should be taken care of as quickly as possible. 

Conduct Routine Cleaning Monthly

You might think that the annual cleaning is enough to keep your drains clean and clear, but that's not the case. Daily use of your sinks, tubs, and toilets can leave your drains dirty and smelly. Not only that, minor drain issues can pop up throughout the year. To maintain clean drains and reduce foul odors keep clogs to a minimum and conduct routine cleaning on a do-it-yourself level at least once a month. You can do that by pouring about a gallon of boiling water down each of your drains. Follow that with a gallon of cold water. Repeat this process at least once a month. 

Know How to Spot a Drain Emergency

Finally, when it comes to protecting your drains and providing the proper maintenance, you need to know how to spot an emergency situation. Rapid response to drain emergencies can help to keep problems under control. Some drain emergencies to watch for include recurrent clogs, sewage backups, and foul odors. Situations involving those situations should be addressed immediately. 

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