Keeping Your Drains in Tip Top Shape

There are several drains throughout your home that are all part of your plumbing system. In fact, if water comes to it, then there is a drain configured to carry the used water away from it.

This is true for things like sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, and even dishwashers and washing machines.

With all of these drains throughout your home being super important to the daily tasks on your to-do list, it is vital that these drains stay in top working condition.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and homeowners across the country see things like overflowing toilets and clogged garbage disposals on a regular basis.

When these problems come up, it can be stressful to know how to fix the problems. Many people automatically reach for a jug of over-the-counter drain cleaner.

These products seem like a good idea, however, they can actually cause more problems for your plumbing system.

Instead, try any one or a combination of these drain cleaning tips:

  • Pour one cup of white vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into the drain. Allow the ingredients to mix inside of the drain. The reaction that they have with one another will create a scrubbing effect on the inside walls of your drains. If you have seen a volcano science experiment then you know what I’m talking about.
  • Pour a 2-liter of pop into the drain. This might seem like a crazy idea, however, there have been several time-lapsed videos showing what happens to a penny when it is put into a cup of pop. The ingredients in these sugary drinks have an enzymatic effect and will break down the residue that is inside of your drains.
  • Plug the drain of your sink, shower, or bathtub and then boil several pots of boiling water in until the basin is mostly full. Next, use something to pull the plug (avoid burning yourself on the hot water) and allow all of the hot water to go down the drain. The hot temperatures of the water will soften the materials inside of the drain and the pressure of the water will push the residue through the system

You can also use things like plumbing snakes and drain augers to rid the really stubborn clogs. Not all drain issues should considered minor and it might be best to call Mr. Rooter, Santa Cruz’s local plumber of choice, to schedule a drain cleaning specialist to fix your drain problem at hand.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Santa Cruz can provide emergency plumbing support at no extra cost and we use advanced drain cleaning technology like hydro-jetting to get your drains to like-new condition.