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The Dirtiest Drains in Your Home — and How to Clean Them

Part of being a homeowner means taking care of your property inside and out. Cleaning out your home's drainage systems is easy to do and can make the difference between a plumbing network that serves you well and one that calls for repairs.

How Often Should You Get Your Drains Cleaned?

Household drain cleanings should be performed at least once each year. How often you should clean your drains will depend on the number of people living in your home, the location of the drain and whether or not you experience problems with your plumbing system. Some families require cleanings quarterly or monthly if they experience the following issues:

  • Poor drainage speeds: Pieces of food, hair and cosmetic products cake up plumbing connections. Keep in mind that drain clogs take time to occur. If you plunge or remove build-up by hand on a routine basis, your drains are probably overdue for a cleaning.
  • Foul odors: Kitchen and bathroom drains are hotspots for build-ups. Soap scum, toothpaste, dirt, food scraps and facial creams create webs deep within pipelines. Over time, your shower or sink can develop an unpleasant smell that warrants professional cleaning.

How to Clean Drains in Your Home

You should never use cleaning chemicals for bathroom and kitchen sinks or tubs. Using a plunger or snaking tool is more effective than liquid solutions, which can damage connections.

Cleaning Your Bathroom Sink and Tub Drains

Bathroom sinks and tub drains feature small plugs to hold water. One method for cleaning drains is to fill the basin with water as hot as control handles allow. Release the drain plug once the sink or tub is full to see if the warm water breaks through the blockage.

This process is great for flushing out hair, toothpaste or soap scum from the drain. Using a plunger can give you the additional force you need to guide water in a downward direction. Serious clogs may call for a professional to use a snaking tool if the build-up is too deep.

Cleaning Your Kitchen Drains

If you are not sure how to clean a sink drain in your kitchen, try running hot water down the drain. You can add some dishwashing liquid to loosen grease, scraps and anything sticking to plumbing walls. Gently use a plunger to work the solution down the drain.

If all else fails, a small amount of vinegar and baking soda can release tough clogs. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Cleaning Your Toilet Drain

You can keep your toilet drains clean by monitoring what goes down the drain. Preventing clogs and build-up is easier when you only allow waste and toilet paper in the bowl. Refrain from dropping clumps of hair, facial tissues, nail clippings and baby wipes into the toilet, as these materials will not break down inside pipes.

Cleaning toilet drains involves snaking out clogs, removing the entire assembly or using hot water pressure methods to control the problem. If your at-home remedy is unsuccessful, turn to a highly trained plumber to investigate further.

Request a Job Estimate From Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida can visit your home or business to clear stubborn clogs. Give us a call at 315-478-0849 to learn more about our drain cleaning services, and complete a contact form to receive an estimate today.