Five Tips for Keeping Your Drains Healthy

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Healthy drains, or clean and unclogged drains, are the goal of any homeowner.  So many issues can result from drains being clogged, and none of them are any fun to live through.

Every household is bound to encounter some drain issues occasionally, but here are five tips that will help ensure your drains stay healthy more often than not.

1. Install Mesh Screens

Inexpensive little mesh screen over top the bathroom and kitchen drains will catch any loose hair or food particles before they go down the drain.  This will prevent a lot of stuff from going down your drains that you don’t want in there.  Just remember to wipe off the screens after each time you use them for the best performance.

2. Regular Maintenance

Finding a natural way to perform regular maintenance on your drains is another way to keep them healthy.  Every month or two, sprinkle half a cup of baking soda down the drain.  Then pour in one cup of white vinegar and let it fizz away for up to 10 minutes.

Next, pour about four cups of boiling water down to help remove any sludge or other potential blockages.

3. Plunge Properly

For times when you do have a blockage, it really pays to know how to use the plunger properly.  Plunging is your best ‘first try’ and doing it right is key to breaking up the clog.  You must create a tight seal with the plunger to be able to dislodge the clog.

If you’re plunging in a kitchen with two sinks, make sure someone holds the drain plug on the second sink while you’re plunging.  In the bathroom, the overflow hole or vent will need to be covered to create the seal you want.

4. Keep Prevention Top of Mind

If you have prevention on the top of your mind most of the time, you’ll probably be able to avoid many of the common causes of clogs in the kitchen and bathroom.  Watch for grease and food in the kitchen and hair and soap residue in the bathroom.  Using the screens and maintenance procedure outlined above will help.

5. Know When You’ve Had Enough

No matter how badly you want to DIY your drain problem, there comes a time when it’s best to leave it to a professional.  If your drains just aren’t clearing out or you’ve just reached the end of your rope, call a professional plumber and have them cleared out right.

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This guest post is brought to you by Karen Johnson, a real estate broker in Toronto, Canada. When inspecting homes for sale. she looks ExpressRooter Plumbing 750 Oakdale Road Toronto, ON M3N 2Z4 Canada http://www.expressrooter.ca to provide quality plumbing inspection for her clients.

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