Clogged drains are a regular occurrence in the average household. Clogs in the bathroom mainly happen when hair, skin flakes and dirt get stuck to soap scum on drain pipe walls. Clogged toilets commonly occur when someone attempts to flush feminine hygiene products or other items that are not dissoluble.

Clogs in the kitchen sink typically happen when oil or cooking grease becomes caked onto the drain pipe walls. Food particles and soap scum also considerably contribute to gunky clogs in the kitchen.

Normally, regular drain maintenance can minimize the incidences of blocked drains. Bathroom and kitchen drains alike need regular cleaning to function optimally.

Please see the drain maintenance tips below for guidance in keeping your drains in tip-top shape:

Drain Maintenance

Food particles and soap scum also considerably contribute to gunky clogs in the kitchen.

Weekly Maintenance

There are maintenance procedures you can undertake every week to keep your drains free of clogs. For example, you can boil a big pot of water weekly and use it to flush your drains. Pour half the content down the drain and after five minutes, follow up by pouring the other half.

This simple action can assist in dislodging any debris or grease that may be lingering in your drain. This takes only a few minutes and the hot water is ideal for getting rid of the grease without exposure to harsh chemical.

Monthly Maintenance

For clean and fresh drains, you should use an enzymatic cleaner once per month. This type of cleaner is remarkable at breaking down and getting rid of organic matter that can contribute to clogging your drains.

Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Running orange peels and ice cubes through your garbage disposal is a wonderful method of dislodging any residue that may be hanging around on the blades. Ensure the peels are sliced into small pieces as the disposal can become jammed by large peels.

The blades are easily sharpened by the ice cubes. Additionally, the cubes dislodge any fragments that may have become attached to the blades or slipped under them.

Drain Maintenance

Bathroom and kitchen drains alike need regular cleaning to function optimally.

Seasonal Maintenance

Use vinegar and baking soda to flush the drains between 2 and 3 times per year. Start by running the hot water and then pour the mixture of ½ cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda and hot water down the drain. The foam created will help to kill bacteria and get rid of debris and odor.

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