A routine cleaning of the drains in the house is essential but not too many of us actually take the time to do it. The problem with this is that drains in the kitchen and bathroom often get clogged and this could lead to a lot of inconvenience, right from the water coming back up through the drain to your pipes breaking.
Common Signs of Clogged Drains
• Slow draining of water, whether it is in the bath, sink or in the kitchen, could mean that there is a clog. Even if the back-up hasn’t started yet, you should be a little careful and keep an eye on the drain. Cleaning it at this time will be the most effective.
• Water pools around the drain when you are having a shower or water bubbles in the toilet bowl are also common signs.
• The smell of rotting food from the sink in the kitchen or near the disposal area is also an indicator of a clog.
• Any kind of back-up or sudden puddles appearing near the tub or the sink usually means that the water is not draining properly due to some obstruction.
How to Prevent Clogged Drains
If you haven’t been paying attention to your sinks and the gunk that has collected is just too much to get rid of, the quickest and easiest solution is to call a professional plumber to clean it all out. It can often be a good idea to get everything maintained every few years in order to protect your home from bigger problems. But before you call in the expert, there are a few things that you can try at home to get rid of the clogging.
While dealing with a drain located in a sink, a combination of hot water and dish detergent is the most effective. Pour the hot water into the drain and put in a little detergent. After allowing it to settle for a little bit, get a plunger and try plunging it to get rid of the gunk. If it doesn’t work the first time, repeat the process. For a blocked toilet, try using a flange plunger. Avoid using strong chemical cleaners because these could affect the pipes.
The best way to prevent the sink from getting blocked is by keeping a few extra plastic bags on hand so that any larger amount of oil and grease can be put into them instead of pouring them down the drain. By putting them in the bag, you can seal it and throw it out with the rest of your garbage, thus protecting your sink in the process.
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