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How to Clean and Maintain Your Drain Lines

Apr 24, 2022

How to Clean and Maintain Your Drain Lines

Your drain lines do a lot more work than you might give it credit for. The average household can produce 150 gallons of waste and wastewater per day! A great majority of that travels through the drain line and away from your property. Drain lines are NOT perfect though. Neglected and damaged drain lines can cause clogs, sewage backups, leaks, and more.

Don’t worry. Sunshine Plumbers has some tips on how to clean and maintain your drain lines so that you don’t have to worry about the stinks invading your home. If you need professional drain line cleaning or clogged drain line repair, then call Sunshine Plumbers directly. We are always ready to help.

Preventative Measures

They say an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so let’s start with some preventative measures. Install drain filters in your sinks and bathtubs to catch debris before it has a chance to go down the drains. Consider a grease trap if you use fats, oils, and greases often, and invest in a garbage disposal for your kitchen sink. These measures are not foolproof, but they go a long way in preventing severe and frequent blockages.

Proper Usage

This might be the most important part of our whole article. Mindfulness can be the difference between a drain line that clogs every week and one that is never clogged! Here are some important tips:

  • Do NOT flush anything other than toilet paper, pee, and poo. That means no paper towels, cotton balls, hygiene products, or kitty litter. We even lean toward advising against using 3-plied toilet paper. Consider a bidet to wean you off of excessive toilet paper usage.
  • Brush your hair before jumping in the shower and don’t wash hair down the sinks after you have shaved. Collect and toss hair in the trash instead.
  • Wash your pets outside rather than in the bathtub.
  • Do not overly rely on your garbage disposal. Toss food scraps in the trash or compost bin instead of the kitchen sink. Keep used fats, oils, and greases in a separate container to throw out later. Do NOT pour used fats, oils, and greases in the kitchen sink.

Routine Maintenance

Let’s face it, things are going to find their way into the drain line. This is no time to shrug your shoulders and walk away though. Routine maintenance is crucial if you want to prevent headaches down the line.

Rinse drains with hot water after usage and flush the drains with vinegar and baking soda once every few months. Schedule a professional drain line cleaning once every couple of years to make sure drains are efficient and effective. Sunshine Plumbers offers advanced hydro-jetting drain cleaning services.

Timely Repairs

Are your drains leaking? Is the sink slow to drain or even backing up? If yes, then call Sunshine Plumbers to arrange timely repairs. Delaying repairs can end up costing you many times more. Why wait until small issues spiral into big problems? Call Sunshine Plumbers and speak with a live representative today.