I don't know about you but a clogged drain is one of the most annoying things that can go wrong in the house. What's even annoying is the fact that you may have to put your hand inside that dirty water to clear out the dirt. Usually at that time, you begin to think of all the things that could have done right to avoid the clogging. Just like the saying goes, a stitch in time, does save nine in this case.
Without even wasting your precious time any more second, here are typical DIYs home improvement tips you can use to keep your home drains as clear as they could ever be.
Avoid the Grease
Your kitchen drains and grease actually do not mix well. So when dealing with grease content, it's advisable to pour them into cars and dispose of them in the garbage bin. When you let grease run down your kitchen pipes, they tend to say on the sides of the pipes. While this may not seem much like a threat at first but food materials can easily stick to them. Accumulatively, this will definitely result in a clog in that pipe. Then if we are to be honest, grease cannot be disintegrated in the sewage pit by bacteria. So they basically just sit there and will eventually fill the sewage sooner than necessary.
Flush the Drains with Cold Water
Occasionally, run plenty of cold water down the kitchen drains to eliminate any clinging food materials on the pipes. When we talk about running water, we are not referring to little trickles. Open the tap in full blast and allow it run down the pipes. Routinely do this once a week and you wouldn't have to worry about a clogged drain for a very long time.
Place a Filter on the Mouth of the Drain
Modern day kitchen drains usually come with additional filters to help prevent food particles from going into the drain. With the filter in place, you are certain you have a secondary defense from food materials finding their way into your drains.
Flush the Drains with Hot Water
Just like it was done with cold water, flushing should also be done with hot water. The hot water would melt any fat or grease that managed to find its way into the pipes. Just to prevent clogging, this should also be done once every week. With grease and fat contents eliminated from the pipes, the possibility of clogging is reduced greatly.
Clean Pop-up Stoppers in Bathrooms
The major concern with clogging in bathroom drains is hair materials. These hair materials can easily get lodged in the pop-up stoppers. Overtime, if not properly cleaned and maintain, could cause a major blockage of the drain.
Dont Flush Paper Materials Down the Drains
Really can't understand why anyone would want to do this but it should never be done. Paper materials, no matter how wet they may seem, can pose a serious threat to your drains. Paper materials should be disposed off in the garbage. In some cases, when paper materials get clogged up in drains, it requires much more than just conventional DIYs to clear up the pipes.
It's a Home Drain and Not a Chemical Plant
Understandably some of us have thoughts of mixing up chemicals and becoming the next great chemist. If you care as much as we do about your drains, you would never dump chemicals through them because they affect your pipes. There are more safe and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of such chemicals.