Essential Routine Drain Maintenance

Mahon Plumbing Routine Drain Maintenance

There are some steps you should take for routine drain maintenance to ensure healthier plumbing and lower your risk of a serious issue.

One of the most crucial yet often overlooked aspects of home maintenance is taking care of your drains. Your home’s plumbing system plays a pivotal role in maintaining a clean and comfortable living space, but when drains become clogged or malfunction, they can quickly turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. To prevent such disasters, it’s essential to adopt a regular drain maintenance routine.

Regular Cleaning

Routine cleaning is the foundation of a healthy drain maintenance plan. As debris, soap scum, hair, and other particles accumulate over time, they can create blockages that lead to slow-draining sinks, showers, and tubs. A few simple practices can help prevent this:

  • Use Drain Strainers: Install drain strainers in your sinks, showers, and bathtubs to catch hair and large particles before they enter the drain.
  • Boiling Water: Periodically pour boiling water down your drains to help dislodge minor clogs and wash away accumulated grease and soap.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: A natural and effective cleaning solution involves pouring half a cup of baking soda followed by one cup of vinegar down the drain. The chemical reaction helps dislodge debris and neutralize odors.

Avoiding Harmful Substances

Certain substances can cause severe damage to your drains, leading to expensive repairs. Avoid pouring the following down your drains:

  • Grease and Oils: These substances solidify as they cool, creating stubborn clogs that are difficult to remove.
  • Coffee Grounds: They may seem harmless, but coffee grounds can accumulate and form blockages in your pipes.
  • Chemical Drain Cleaners: While they may offer a quick fix, chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes over time and harm the environment.

Regular Inspections

Consistent inspections are vital for identifying potential issues before they escalate into significant problems. Perform the following checks regularly:

  • Visual Inspections: Look for signs of slow drainage, water backup, or unpleasant odors, which can indicate a developing clog.
  • Check Exterior Drains: Outdoor drains can become blocked with leaves, dirt, and debris. Regularly clear them to prevent water accumulation.
  • Professional Inspection: Hire a professional plumber to conduct a thorough inspection of your plumbing system at least once a year. They can identify any hidden problems and perform necessary maintenance.

Flushing Your Drains

Flushing your drains can help keep them clean and free from buildup. Follow these steps:

  1. Hot Water Flush: Pour a pot of hot water down your drains every week to help break down accumulated grease and debris. Don’t use boiling water, as it can damage your pipes to use it so often.
  2. Enzyme Cleaners: Use enzyme-based drain cleaners as a natural alternative to chemical products. These cleaners eat away at organic matter without causing damage to your pipes.

Addressing Slow Drains Promptly

If you notice a drain beginning to slow down, take action immediately. Ignoring the issue will only allow the clog to worsen over time. Consider using a plunger or plumbing snake to remove the obstruction before it becomes a more significant problem.

Call Mahon Plumbing Today

If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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