Keeping your drains cleaned is an important part of your home’s upkeep. Unless you’d rather pay someone else to clean up your drains on a regular basis, this is a job that’s up to you. If this regular maintenance isn’t done you could end up with major plumbing problems on your hands. There are a number of different ways you can keep your drains clean without breaking the bank.
There are plenty of products on the market for drain cleaning but not everyone wants to use a harmful cleaner that is dangerous if it contacts the skin or is inhaled. An alternative option is baking soda. Baking soda and boiling water poured down a sink can help clear the lines. When the baking soda and water come into contact with each other, the baking soda starts its cleaning magic while the water helps melt away any residue in the pipes.
Vinegar can also be added to this method of cleaning your drains. One cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar are all you needed to create the fizzy cleaning action. Some people even swear by lemons tossed down the garbage disposal. Cut two to four lemons and put them down the drain with a cup of baking soda. Turn on the garbage disposal for a natural cleaning. The lemons will both eliminate odors and rid your disposal and pipes of grime.
While store-bought chemical cleaners may not be your first choice, there are highly effective products on the market. While it is not recommended that you use them in a clogged bathtub where they might sit for too long and filter into your air, you can safely poor them down a clogged sink drain.
To keep your bathtub and shower drains cleaned you will want to snake out hair, debris and soap scum regularly. Plastic snaking tools are relatively cheap and can be purchased at your local hardware store. They are easy to use and easy to clean when you’re done. This little plastic tool may not seem like it has the ability to clean out an entire drain, but you’d be surprised at what it can clear from your pipes.
Since snaking your pipes is not the most pleasant experience, you could choose an alternative for your bathtub and shower. Hair catchers are little plastic tops that go over your drain while you are using your bathtub or shower. They keep your hair and other debris from entering the draining completely. This way you can toss out the hair after each shower or tub use.
To keep your drains in tip top shape these cleaning methods should be done on a regular basis; preferably once a month. The more you keep up with these cleaning methods the fewer problems you are going to have with your plumbing. Plumbing that is left uncared for is much more likely to have problems down the road. While it may cost you time and a bit of money each month, cleaning your drains regularly will save you lots of money in the long run.