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Three Easy Steps To Maintaining Your Drains

After working for a plumbing company and owning several older homes, I feel like I’ve become an authority on clogged drains. If you reside in an old house and have smooth flowing drains, consider yourself lucky. On the other hand, you could be one of those who are experiencing repeated clogs. Older homes built 40, 50, or even 60 years ago were constructed much differently than today’s home. Our pipes are a different material, and installation is handled differently. While we may think our pipes will last forever, nothing is further from the truth. 

Get Your Drains Running To Peak Performance

For those of us living in an older home that experiences slow-moving or clogged drains, there is hope. For most of us, we like our cars to run at peak performance, so we tune them up, change the oil, and keep our tires adequately filled. When it comes to our home maintenance, it seems to take a back seat. Not because we’re lazy but because most homeowners don’t know how to properly maintain their drains and home appliances such as your water heater.  Another thing to keep in mind, if tree roots are the cause of your slow-moving drains, the problem can only be fixed temporarily. The tree or tree’s roots need to be removed and/or trenchless epoxy sewer lines installed. 

How To Stop Black Slime Or Black Sludge From Building Up

Let’s talk maintenance. If you want to keep your drains properly maintained before black slime builds up then you’ll need to schedule a regular plan of attack. Black slime or black sludge is the gunk that builds up around your sink stopper and shower drain.  It’s a living bacteria brought on by the soap film, phlegm, toothpaste, and other bathroom products we send down our drain. Once the slime starts to grow, it catches hair, and eventually, it will cause a sink to move slowly or back up. The same is true for your shower and bathtub drain. 

Black Slime
Black slime

How to Maintain Your Bathroom Drains

1.  Fill a kettle of boiling water and pour it down your drain once or twice a month, especially those drains that see substantial activity such as a shower, bathtub or bathroom sink drain.

2. A mix of baking soda and vinegar once a month is another perfect way to keep your drains running smoothly. Vinegar is acetic acid, and baking soda is sodium bicarbonate; mix the two, and you have a powerful drain cleaner that will break up loose materials. 

3. Purchase an enzyme drain maintenance cleaner such as Enzymes Drain Opener (ECOS). The product does a wonderful job of keeping your drains clean. It can cut through black slime, built up hair, grease, and protein and is safe on your pipes, pets, and the planet.

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