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The Dirtiest Drains in Your Home and How to Clean Them

You depend on the drains in your house to help keep your home clean, but different rooms and areas are susceptible to things that can clog or damage your drains and pipes. From the shower to the kitchen sink, here are common hotspots for drainage issues and tips on how you can keep them clean and fully functioning.

1. Toilet Drains

Toilet drains are meant for toilet paper only. Other items may be too large or will not biodegrade, so they can quickly cause a clog. Things you should never flush down the toilet include hygiene products, floss, nail clippings and cotton-tipped swabs. Making sure these items are thrown away and not flushed can help prevent clogs from occurring. To fix a clogged toilet on your own, try using a plunger or snake. 

2. Bathroom Sink, Tub and Shower Drains 

Bathroom drain clogs are most often caused by excess hair or toothpaste. You can prevent these clogs by running hot water after brushing your teeth or taking a shower to dissolve the water-soluble materials in your hair care products. You may also want to buy a drain saver that you can put over your drains to catch hair so it will not clump up in your pipes.

If you experience a bathroom drain clog, you can try:

  • Filling the basin or tub with hot water and then unplugging the drain to force the clog out
  • Plunging or snaking the drain

3. Kitchen Drains

Kitchen sink drains and garbage disposals can easily become clogged with food items and byproducts such as grease, eggshells and stringy vegetables like celery. To prevent kitchen drain clogs, you can put a wire mesh filter over the sink drain. When you use your garbage disposal, make sure to run extra water so food scraps are pushed down. Keep in mind that hot grease should never be put down your kitchen sink, and food scraps like eggshells and peels should go into the trash or compost bin.

There are several different methods you can try for unclogging a kitchen drain:

  • Flush it with hot water and dish soap to loosen the clog
  • Use a kitchen plunger
  • Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda and pour it down the drain

Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse Today

If these DIY plumbing tricks do not work, you may need to call a professional plumber. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse, we provide exceptional plumbing services to homes and businesses throughout the Syracuse area. We handle everything from minor drain problems to emergency repairs, so whatever your plumbing needs may be, we have a solution. 

We offer affordable, flat-rate pricing, convenient appointment times and 24/7 emergency service. All of our plumbers are licensed and highly trained with a significant amount of experience working in the region. If you need plumbing maintenance services in Greater Syracuse, call us today at 315-472-1203 or request a free estimate.