There are three types of drains in your home: sinks, toilets, and tubs/showers. Over time, these drains can accumulate hair, dirt, food, soap, and grime. It would make sense to clean your drains periodically. But, according to plumbers, this is one of the most overlooked chores among homeowners!
In general, it is best practice to clean your drains once a year. There are three important reasons to clean your drains annually:
- Slow Drains: If a drain is not cleaned regularly, water tends to “stand” in the drain and empty slowly. If this is something you’re noticing around your home, it’s a good indication that a cleaning is needed! This is especially important to do with your toilets to prevent backflow.
- Clogged Drains. As debris builds up in drains, water will eventually have nowhere to go, resulting in a clogged drain. This leads to overflow, corrosion, and potentially worse damage if your lines end up breaking from built-up pressure. Expenses can add up very quickly when clogged drains are involved!
- Bad Odor. Failure to clean drains can allow mold and bacteria to grow, causing unpleasant smells throughout your home.
Typically, homeowners do not consider that something might be happening with their drains until there is a problem. Unfortunately, this neglect can lead to expensive repairs.
Homeowners can try to remove clogs using a barbed plastic cleaning tool, a standard plunger, or by using an enzymatic drain cleaner left overnight. Odors and buildup can be treated with a combination of vinegar and baking soda. To prevent future drain clogs, use a drain screen, clean stoppers regularly, and pour a few gallons of boiling water down your drains weekly. And remember: Never pour grease down your sink!
The good news is that you aren’t alone if you don’t want to deal with cleaning your drains or you think you have a problem. Give our team at Veteran Plumbing a call today!