Dirty drains can lead to a lot of problems for your home. Dirty drains can lead to clogged drains and can also lead to sewage back-ups and other more serious problems. Part of your duty as a responsible homeowner, or even a responsible renter, is to keep your drains clean. Luckily, there are lots of eco-friendly ways you can keep the various drains in your home clean.
Watch What You Put Down Your Drains
The first thing you need to do is watch what you put down your drains in the first place. A lot of drain issues can be solved by just not putting the wrong things down the drain in the first place.
For example, in your bathroom sink, you shouldn't allow hair down the drain, and you shouldn't rinse things like your nail clippings down the drain either. They should go in the trash.
In your kitchen, you shouldn't put food waste down the drain. You should put food waste in the compost or the trash.
Keeping everything other than soap and water out of your drains is one of the best ways to prevent a clog.
Use a Metal Catcher
You can't always keep everything out of your sink and drains that you need to, which is why you should have a catcher to go over your drains. A catcher is basically a filter with small holes that will allow the right particles through to your drain and will stop larger particles from going down your drain.
The thing with using catchers in your drain is that you need to remember to clean them off daily. Failing to do this can result in junk building up around the catcher, which can be unappealing.
Flush with Boiling Water
Third, you need to make sure you clean your drains on a regular basis. One of the easiest ways to clean your drains is just to flush the drain with some boiling water. You can just turn the hot water faucet on really hot and allow the boiling hot water to run for a minute or so a few times a month. Or you can boil some water and pour it down your drains. Boiling water helps loosen up and remove debris that gets stuck on the inside of your drainage pipes.
Clean with Vinegar & Baking Soda
Fourth, at least once a month you should take things a step further, and clean all of you drains with vinegar and baking soda. Just pour baking soda down your drain and follow up with some vinegar. Watch and enjoy the bubble at work for a few minutes, and then follow up with some boiling hot water. This is a natural way to clean your drains and prevent build up.
You will never have to deal with backed-up drains and other complications if you follow the four eco-friendly ideas above for keeping your drains clean. Watch what you put down your drains, use a catcher to prevent large debris from going down your drains, flush them with hot water, and clean once a month with baking soda and vinegar.
Contact a plumber for more assistance.