Basement floor drains are one of those household features most homeowners don’t think about until it malfunctions, either by backing up or failing to drain a minor water event.
Your basement floor drain sits at the lowest point of the basement and is at the ready to protect your home against a leaking water heater, burst pipe, or any other source of basement flooding. A functioning basement floor drain can prevent water damage, structural deterioration, and loss of property.
Debris and residue can accumulate in a basement floor drain, causing blockages that can only be removed with a powered plumbing snake tool. However, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to keep your basement drain from getting clogged.
Follow these tips to keep your basement drain flowing freely:
- Eliminate clutter around the drain. Keep the basement drain clear of boxes, furniture, and other items. It’s best to store personal belongings on basement shelves, or at least on higher ground than the floor.
- Prevent debris from washing into the drain. Clear leaves, dirt, and any other debris away from your basement drain immediately.
- Keep the drain grate clean. At the first sign of buildup on the drain grate, clean dirt and any other substances with a scrub brush.
- Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain once a month. This helps dissolve buildup inside the pipe and prevents sewer gases from seeping up through the drain.
When your basement drain is clogged, water and even sewage can back up into your basement. If you store anything on the basement floor, it may be ruined by the standing water or sewage. Sewage poses a health hazard to anyone inside the home, and the clean-up process can be extensive and costly.
Call Mr. Rooter® Plumbing at the first sign of trouble with your basement floor drain. Our plumbing experts use the latest tools and technology to clear drain clogs of all types. We can combine drain cameras, powered drain snakes, and HydroScrub® Jetting to get your basement drain flowing again.