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8 Simple Steps to Clean and Prevent Drain Clogs

Dealing with a clogged drain can be one of the most common and frustrating issues in any household. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can not only clear existing clogs but also prevent future blockages. Here’s your guide to keeping those drains free-flowing.

  • Regular Cleaning is Key

The first step in preventing clogs is regular maintenance. Each week, take a few minutes to clean your drains. For bathroom drains, remove any visible debris like hair and soap scum. In the kitchen, clear food particles and grease. This simple habit can go a long way in preventing clog build-up.

  • Natural Cleaning Solutions

Before reaching for harsh chemicals, try a natural approach. A popular home remedy is using baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by an equal amount of white vinegar. The mixture will fizz and work to break down minor clogs. After an hour, flush the drain with hot water. This method is safe for most pipes and environmentally friendly.

  • Hot Water Flush

Regularly flushing drains with hot water can prevent oil and grease build-up. Do this weekly in kitchen sinks where oils from dishes tend to accumulate. The hot water keeps the grease in liquid form, allowing it to flow freely through the pipes.

  • Use Drain Strainers

One of the simplest tools in preventing clogs is a drain strainer. These fit into the drain and catch hair, food particles, and other debris. Make sure to clean the strainer regularly to ensure it works effectively.

  • Avoid Certain Substances

Be mindful of what goes down your drain. Avoid pouring grease, coffee grounds, and starchy foods like pasta and rice into kitchen sinks. In bathrooms, be cautious about hair and soap buildup. These substances are common culprits for clogs.

  • Plunge and Snake for Tough Clogs

For more stubborn clogs, a plunger or plumber’s snake can be effective. A plunger can dislodge clogs by creating pressure, while a snake can reach deeper into the pipe to remove blockages.

  • Preventative Maintenance

Consider using enzymatic cleaners monthly. These biological cleaners use enzymes to eat away at organic material in pipes, keeping them clear without damaging the pipes.

  • Professional Help for Persistent Problems

If you’ve tried everything and still face clog issues, it may be time to call a professional. Persistent clogs could indicate a deeper problem in your plumbing system.

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By following these simple steps, you can keep your drains clog-free and avoid the inconvenience and potential costs associated with plumbing repairs. Regular cleaning, mindful usage, and the occasional natural treatment can make a significant difference in maintaining your home’s plumbing health.

The team at Our Local Plumber are experts in blocked drains and will effectively find the problem area and ensure it’s 100% cleared and ready to go. A bigger problem may mean that we need to grab a drain camera and detect exactly where the issue is arising from.  Our team has an abundance of experience and offers a 100% lifetime labour guarantee. Give our team a call today on 03 9909 5307 for all your blocked drain needs.

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