Have you already spent a weekend spring cleaning? Congratulations! You have organized closets and if your projects included the outside of your home, a place to unwind after a long day. One area you might have missed is your plumbing system. Spring cleaning isn’t only a great time to organize your home. It’s also an excellent time to maintain your drains. Read what the best plumbers in Woodstock say about regular maintenance for your home’s drainage system.
Start with the Kitchen Sink
In most homes, kitchen drains are one of the first to develop clogs. If you have a garbage disposal, everything you toss in it eventually goes down the drain. It’s also easy to forget that you shouldn’t pour cooking grease, fats, or oils down the drain. Plumbers call this mess FOG, and it’s the primary culprit when you have a backed-up kitchen drain. In addition to paying closer attention to what you allow to go down the drain, you can also take steps to keep the drain clean. After washing dishes or using the garbage disposal, run hot water down the drain. You can also pour baking soda, followed by hot water to clean and get rid of smells.
Cleaning Bathroom Drains
Bathroom drains pose a different kind of problem. Instead of clogs caused by grease and fat, bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers clog because of a buildup of soap scum, hair, and hair products. Your first line of defense is a strainer or hair catcher to prevent all that hair from going down the drain. You should also clean bathroom drains once a month. If it’s been a while since the last cleaning, add it to your spring cleaning to-do list.
Two simple household pantry staple can help keep drains clean. Pour one tablespoon of salt followed by ¼ cup of plain white vinegar in the drains. Let it sit for an hour and then run hot water through the drains. If you’re experiencing slow drains and cleaning doesn’t help loosen things up, it’s time to call a plumbing professional.
When you’re cleaning sink and tub drains, don’t forget the toilet! Although you can’t see it, the toilet also connects to a drain. That drain meets up with the main sewer line under your home. You can’t clean the sewer line from the bathroom, but you can schedule regular sewer line inspections and cleaning, which prevents backups in all of the drains in your home.
Did You Forget the Floor Drains?
If you live in a home with a basement, you likely have a floor drain. Floor drains help prevent flooding from seepage or spills. Over time, floor drains may get clogged with debris. They can also develop a nasty odor if you don’t use them frequently. As part of your spring cleaning routine, flush out the floor drain by pouring a gallon of water into the drain. If it drains slowly, use a snake to clear any clogs.
Keeping Sump Pump Drains Free and Clear
Spring is an excellent time to clean and inspect a sump pump. Do it before the heavy spring storms arrive to prevent backups or sump pump failures. If you’re not thrilled at the idea of disconnecting your sump pump and snaking the drain, call one of the plumbers in Woodstock and request drain cleaning service. Plumb Doctor, LLC has a team of drain cleaning experts waiting for your call. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.