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A Dummy's Guide To Drain Cleaners

Ensuring your drains are always clean and in the best condition goes a long way in maintaining your overall home's plumbing health. There are several ways to ensure this, but perhaps the best and easiest is to practice regular drain maintenance.

In this guide, we have included the most important things to know and help keep your drains in the best condition.


Know What Should Never Go Down the Drain

First and foremost, never pour oils, grease, and liquid fats down the drain. That's because once they cool, they become solids and cling on the pipes, and become clog-inducing paste with time. 

Australian construction entrepreneur Daniel Halse believes that while it’s common knowledge about what things shouldn’t go down the drain, people can be quite silly. “You’d be surprised at the number of times I’ve been called out to destroy pipes because the people had no idea about the effects of what they were putting down there. It should be common sense, but people just aren’t aware about what could happen with their drains when they pour things down them.”

Other things that you should never put down the drain include: 

Coffee grounds- they stick to the insides of the pipes and ultimately build into a paste, especially when crammed into a small space. 

Eggshells- their edges cling on to other items and become bigger clogs with time. 

Unused medications- they might leach into water reservoirs



Learn How to Properly Clean Your Clogs

If you had liquid drain cleaners in your mind, scratch that thought as it's not the solution. Liquid drain cleaners are not the best solution because even though they can eat away clogs, they will move on to the pipes when the job is done. 

The pool cleaning experts at Vasform highlight the need to know why cleaning your clogs is vital to a happy home. “Not cleaning your clogs will result in serious damage to pipes and potentially leave a nasty stench wafting out of your drains. It’s no fun for anyone, and regular maintenance can mean that you never deal with these types of issues at all.”

So, consider trying these other low impact ways to clean and clear drains.

Pour a huge pot of hot, but not boiling water down the drain. Follow it up with cool water in order to clear the clogs that the hot water just melted. Also, you can go for vinegar and baking soda. It is advisable to give your drains this treatment once per month. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda down the drains and follow it up with half a cup of vinegar. Next, plug the sink and allow it to sit overnight. The following day, flush the drain with hot water and you will have drains functioning and smelling like brand new. 



Know the Tools Used to Remove Clogs

You will want to always have the following tools on hand- a cup plunger, a snake, and an auger. These tools help clear clogs that don't surrender to other methods. Cup plungers are ideal for small clogs while snakes are excellent for the larger ones.

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