When it comes to drain cleaning advice, there’s no one better to ask than Rebmann plumbing—your trusted plumber in Manhasset.
How Drains Get Clogged
In order to understand how to keep your drains clean, it’s important to understand how they get clogged. Basically, what happens is that when you flush wastewater down the drain, it contains all sorts of organic material. This organic material starts to build up on the insides of the pipes, effectively making the diameter of the pipe smaller. Too much sediment can lead to a clog, but a clog can also form if a large object gets stuck in the drain. At the same time, tree roots can also cause clogs, because they grow into the pipes in search of nutrients that they extract from the organic waste.
Drain Cleaning Advice
Knowing that sediment, large objects and tree roots are the main causes of drain clogs, cleaning your drains becomes a matter of common sense. What follows are some effective drain cleaning tips from the professionals:
- Clean your drains weekly. Every week, pour a cup of baking soda, followed by a pot of boiling water down the drain. Add another pot of boiling water, and when everything’s drained, flush out the drain with cold water.
- Use commercial cleaner. If a drain continues to drain slowly or if a bad smell’s emanating from it, use commercial drain cleaner. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions n the packaging.
- Use your garbage disposal. Always use your garbage disposal to grind up food waste when you flush it down the drain.
- Never flush large objects down the drain. Throw large objects away in the trash can instead.
- Have your drains checked for roots once a year. Schedule a maintenance visit from your plumber and have him check for roots. If any roots are obstructing the drain, he can use hydro jetting to remove them.
Of course, if you have a clogged drain you can’t fix yourself, you should immediately call the team of expert plumbers at Rebmann Plumbing. And remember: for emergencies, call our emergency response line!