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Tips on How to Clean Drains to Prevent Clogs

Part of your regular cleaning routine should be cleaning the drains in your home. We all know that drain clogs are extremely inconvenient. However, in most cases, you do not need a plumber to fix a clogged drain. Knowing how to clean drains is beneficial, as it helps prevent future clogs and other issues. 

Cleaning your drains regularly can help prevent costly drain repair. If the following methods for drain cleaning do not resolve the issue, it might be necessary to call a plumber for assistance. However, these methods typically can fix most minor drain clogs. 

How to Clean Drains: Safest and Most Effective Methods

Following we shall discuss the benefits of drain cleaning as well as how to unclog drains naturally. Using store-bought, harsh chemicals could damage the drains and pipes, thus resulting in more costly repairs over time. These DIY methods are safe and convenient. If you are a little bit hesitant about trying to fix a drain on your own, it is better to call a professional plumber. 

Pros of drain cleaning:

  1. Regular drain cleaning will prevent hard water deposits from forming on your pipes. These deposits can cause a great deal of damage. Cleaning your drains with natural solutions will not only get rid of these deposits, but it will also prevent new calcium deposits and hard water deposits from forming and corroding your pipes. 
  2. Cleaning the drain will get rid of nasty food particles and other substances that can cause unpleasant odors. These particles can lead to such problems as insect and bug issues and mold growth, which can lead to serious health concerns.
  3. Drain cleaning can help extend the lifetime of your plumbing and drainage system, which can early decay on the pipes and can be quite costly to replace. In addition, it can prevent future drain clogs. 

How to Clean Drains with Natural Cleaners

Dish Detergent and Hot Water

This method is one of the most effective as well as easiest, as these ingredients are almost always on hand. First, simply boil 2 liters of water. Then, add a few tablespoons of liquid dish detergent making sure not to add too much, as it will only cause bubbles. Taking care not to splash or spill the water, which can result in burns, pour the mixture down the sink drain. It may be necessary to do this a few times, but it is proven to be the best way to remove any grease residue in the drain. 

Salt, Vinegar, and Borax

Make a mixture of ¼ cups of both borax and salt and pour the mixture down the drain carefully. Immediately follow with ½ cup of white vinegar. Follow this with a pot of boiling water and then plug the drain allowing it to sit for at least thirty minutes. 

Vinegar and Baking Soda

This combination is great for both cleaning clogged toilets and sink drains. First, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain (or toilet). Next, pour ½ cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Plug the sink or allow to sit in the toilet for about an hour. At that time, carefully pour a pot of boiling water down the drain until it has cleared completely. 

Have you tried these methods of how to clean drains and the issue still is not resolved? Call DrainCom to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers today!

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