Your drains remove human waste and other grey water from your home through drainage pipes. Dust, food waste, and hair can collect in different parts of your drains. If you let them sit for too long, they will clog your drains.
A clogged drain is a homeowner’s worst nightmare and can cause a pipe to leak. If you do not move swiftly to address the problem, leaking water may damage your walls or ceilings and belongings such as appliances, carpet, rugs, and furniture.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of maintaining drains periodically. Have a professional inspect and clean your drains at least once a year.
If you are a DIY enthusiast and find it difficult to resist the temptation of taking the DIY route to save a few dollars, remind yourself that some clogs are challenging to locate. Drain cleaning professionals are trained to locate and fix clogged drains. They use specialized tools, techniques, and equipment to access difficult to reach areas.
An experienced, detail-oriented plumber will get to the root cause of the problem and eliminate the issue before it snowballs into a significant plumbing concern. The professional will come up with a plan to prevent future clogs and maintain a healthy drainage system.
Before you schedule professional drain cleaning, follow these tips to prepare your system for cleaning and ensure your Sonoma County plumber has full access to your drainage system.
Create an Easy Access Point
First and foremost, you need to ensure that your plumber can easily access your system. The area around the drain should be at least three feet wide, so your contractor can easily move drain cleaning equipment in and out.
Remove items such as toiletries and cleaning supplies from around the access point where your plumber will be working. This will help ensure that your plumber has easy and safe access to your system.
Get Rid of Sewage
If your drain’s access point is blocked by sewage, even the most skilled plumber may be unable to diagnose the underlying problem. If sewage is bubbling through your drains, hire a waste removal company before calling a drain cleaning professional.
Stop Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are highly toxic and give off toxic fumes that pose a threat to human health and are bad for the environment. Chemical drain cleaners are also incredibly caustic and can erode your pipes over time.
Resist the temptation of pouring harsh drain cleaners down your drains to get rid of clogs. If you want to clean a drain on your own, pour a homemade cleaning solution down it.
Here are some effective homemade cleaning solutions that you can use to get rid of stubborn clogs.
➢ Baking soda &lemon juice: Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by ½ cup lemon juice down your drain. Let the solution sit for an hour. Then pour a pot of boiling water down your drain.
➢ Baking soda &vinegar: Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by ½ cup vinegar down your drain. Let the solution sit for an hour. Pour a pan of hot water to dissolve the clog. Repeat if necessary.
➢ Salt, borax, &vinegar: Pour ¼ cup salt followed by ¼ cup borax and ½ cup vinegar down your drain. Then pour a pot of boiling water. Let the cleaning solution sit for an hour. Use hot water to rinse any remaining solution down your drain.
➢ Baking soda &salt: Mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup common salt. Pour the mixture down your drain. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash down with hot water.
Inspect Your Drains
Drain clogs can indicate multiple problems. Remember toinspect your drains before scheduling a professional drain cleaning service. An inspection can reveal current and potential issues. Once your plumber arrives, you can bring these issues to their attention which should help expedite their diagnosis and repair.
Tips to Maintain a Healthy Drainage System
Here are some ways to maintain your drainage system between professional drain cleaning sessions.
Install a Drain Guard
A drain guard is a small metal grate-like disc that sits atop the plug. It is designed to catch hair, debris, and dirt particles that can wash down drains. Installing a drain guard is one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of waste that goes down your sink.
Watch What You Put Down Your Drains
Never put food waste, feminine hygiene products, baby care products, eggshells, cat litter, paper towels, cotton balls, and condoms down your drains. Solid waste can cause several problems ranging from persistent clogs to flooding.
Rinse Your Drains with Hot Water Regularly
Wash your drains out with hot water at least once a week! Hot water will get oils in foods moving down your drain. If you let oils sit too long, they will buildup on the pipe’s interior surface. This can lead to your drains being sluggish and quick to clog.
McDonald Home Solutions offers top-notch drain clearing services in Sonoma County. Our team comprises seasoned professionals. Our team will come up with a customized maintenance plan to improve your home’s plumbing performance. To schedule a professional inspection, call (707) 284-1039.