Clean drains create a more efficient plumbing system free of any clogs and sewage backups. However, there is no clear answer on how often you should clean your drains, because it truly depends on your system, your schedule and how often you deal with plumbing issues in the first place. According to Acree, it’s best to clear them out on a monthly basis to prevent any major plumbing issues.
How to Do A Monthly Drain-Cleaning
If you are doing a monthly drain cleaning, you don’t need the help of a plumber. There are plenty DIY solutions that you can try out. Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning out your drains.
- Inspect Your Drains
Every month look in your kitchen and bathrooms to ensure there are no slow drains. You’ll simply need a flashlight to carry out a full inspection.
- Unclog Any Drains
If you find that your bathtub or bathroom sinks are draining slowly, it is most likely because of all kinds of gunk, primarily consisting of soap and hair. If the drain is close enough, use a gloved hand to reach inside and pull it out. If you need to go a little deeper, you can fashion a thin hook using the wiring from a coat hanger. This little hook can effectively fish out any clogs that are a little deeper. You can also use a handy-dandy plunger—this tool can especially be helpful with kitchen sinks. When it comes to kitchen sinks, if you find your garbage disposal is clogged or stuck, you can try taking a more manual approach; use a 1/4th Allen key in the underside of disposal and crank in both directions.
- Monthly Cleaning Solution
You can skip the second step if you don’t notice any clogs or slow drains. Simply make a mixture using 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of hot water and half a cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture down the drain and cover the sink using a drain plug and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use 1 cup of boiling water to clear the mixture out. You can also try this mixture out when you have clogs.
If you have a plumbing emergency such as a sewage backup or a stubborn clog that simply won’t go away, you might want to call the professionals in. Sometimes clogs are unavoidable, even after regular cleaning and maintenance and that’s completely fine. Just stay calm and call a plumber near you. They will be able to help you and clear the clog out as quickly as possible.
Need Your Drains Clogged or Cleaned? Get in touch with The Pros at Acree!
If you are in Tampa, FL or any areas close by and are looking for drain cleaning and unclogging services, contact the pros at Acree! Our team of highly skilled experts will be more than happy to help you! Call us today 800-937-6736 or schedule a service online!