Here are some of the basics of having clog free drains. The last time I looked, it cost about $90 to $100 bucks to have a plumber come out to clean your drain. If your clog is deep and significant, heavier equipment may be required, escalating the cost. Not to mention the time spent along with the smell that comes with dealing with a backed up drain pipe.
Drain Cleaners Are Not The Best Option For Clog Free Drains
A homeowner can clear small drains themselves by using a Zip-It. A Zip-It is a long plastic product with barbs that will pull debris from your drain (see photo). It costs a few dollars and can be purchased from your local hardware store. For best results, you should remove the pop-up assembly from your sink then clear your drain. Drain cleaners are also an option for those small drains. But never use chemicals that are harmful to the environment we recommend Roebic K-67. This product is safe for the environment an does well for slow-moving household drains in your kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and tubs.
The Best Solution Is Maintenance
The best solution for clog free drains is maintenance. The first step is to be cautious as to what goes down your drain. For your bathroom sink drain hair, soap, toothpaste, and hair products are the most common culprit for a clogging your drain. Here are a few tips for creating clog free drains
1. Avoid hair from flowing down your drain by keeping the stopper closed when brushing or combing your hair.
2. Wipe toothpaste from the sink before rinsing
3. Run hot water through the sink after each use
4. Pour vinegar down the drain and let sit for 30 minutes
5. Use 1/2 cup of baking soda followed with hot water
For maintaining your toilet drain be mindful of what you put down your drain.
1. Teach your kids what you should and should not put down the drain.
2. Never any tampons other feminine hygiene products
3. No paper towels
4. No plastics, toys bottle caps, etc.
5. Cotton balls, cotton swabs, Q-tips, or cigarette butts
6. Remember when in doubt throw it out. A toilet is for toilet paper
Maintain Your Garbage Disposal
Our garbage disposal is one of the most abused appliances in our home. If we take careful consideration as to what goes down them, we can increase the life expectancy dramatically. Here are some things you should steer away from putting down your garbage disposal.
1. Avoid putting lard, vegetable oils, butter, margarine, meat fats,
2. No Coffee
3. No eggshells
4. Never any meat, poultry, or fish bones
5. No fibrous foods like carrots, potato peels, or celery
Composting Is Awesome!
Purchasing a composter is a great idea. Place a small bucket with a lid next to your kitchen sink place your eggshells, peelings, coffee, and banana peels in the bucket and every other day dispose of it in your composter. You’ll create fantastic fertilizer for your garden.
Create a few new habits, and you’ll have clog free drains.