Easy Drain Maintenance Tasks To Do
Spring is an ideal time to perform maintenance on the drains in your home. You still have a normal, less hectic routine that allows you to tackle home projects. Before the holidays arrive. If you suspect you have a clog, the sooner you get to it, the better as ignoring clogs can turn into bigger problems such as higher utility bills, decreased sanitation and bad odors. Here are some basic maintenance tips to help keep your drains clear.
Add Strainers to Bathtubs and Showers
This task is a no-brainer. These basket-shaped inserts keep hair and other items, including small pieces of soap, from getting into your drains. In addition to preventing clogs, they will extend the life of your plumbing.
What do you throw down your drains, including the kitchen sink? Many homeowners indiscriminately throw cooking grease down kitchen drains, thinking that the garbage disposal will take care of it. Grease will stick to pipe walls and eventually harden, causing clogs to form. Wipe cooking grease from your pots and pans and throw it in the garbage along with other items such as food, nappies, plastic pieces, wipes and feminine hygiene products. Keeping these items out of drains will go a long way toward keeping them open.
Use the Right Plunger
Always have the right plunger available as you never know when you may need it. Pay attention to the type you have too. The most common types are cup plungers, meant for flat drains like sinks and flange plungers for toilets. Having one of each is a good idea for proper suction as well as for hygiene.
Avoid Using Liquid Drain Cleaners
Many homeowners automatically reach for liquid drainer cleaner whenever a clog occurs. This is a mistake as the chemicals can harm the pipes. You’re much better off trying to use an appropriate plunger to loosen the clog. If that doesn’t work, your next step is a plumber’s snake. Be careful, though as using the wrong type of snake or using it too vigorously can damage your pipes and other plumbing fixtures. For an extremely stubborn clog, call the plumbing professionals at Intagas. We can easily open the drains in your Brisbane area home.
As the weather gets warmer, drains can emit bad odours. Now is a good time to replace dried out traps which are often the cause. For garbage disposals, place ice cubs inside to loosen debris on the blades and then run water through it with baking soda and lemon peels to freshen it.
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