Tired Of Slow Drains? 3 Ways To Prevent Stubborn Clogs

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You can save yourself time, trouble and money by keeping your drains clean. Each time you turn the water on, drain your tub or flush the toilet, water and waste products are washed through the drains to your sewer or septic tank. Over time, those drains can get clogged with hair, grease, food and even human waste. You'll know you're drains are filled with grime when you start experiencing frequent clogs.

One way to keep your drains flowing properly is to have them professionally cleaned once a year. In addition to that, you should be doing home maintenance at least once a month to keep them flowing properly throughout the year. Here are three simple ways to keep your drains cleaned.

Hot Water

Hot water is a simple and effective way to keep all the drains cleaned throughout your home. This is especially effective at removing the greasy buildup that can develop in your kitchen drains. Simply pour a gallon of boiling water down each of your drains at least once a month. To keep your drains smelling fresh, try adding a ¼ cup of lemon juice to the water each time you flush your drains.

Bleach

Bathroom drains are notorious for clogs. Each time you take a shower, or wash your hair in the sink, you shed some hair. That hair gets stuck inside the drains, where it will eventually start causing clogs. You can use household bleach to dissolve the hair and flush it through to the sewer.

Pour ¾ cup of chlorine bleach down the bathroom drains and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Run cold water through the drains for a few minutes to flush the hair out of the drains. If you have a septic tank, you shouldn't use bleach to clean your drains or you could harm your septic system.

Rock Salt

You probably don't think much about your drains when you flush the toilet, but you should. Each time the toilet is flushed, particles of toilet paper and solid waste get deposited along the sides of the drain pipes. There's a simple way to get rid of that debris. All you have to do is flush a cup of rock salt at least once a month. Not only will the rock salt dissolve human waste that's clogging your drains, it will also dissolve small tree roots that might be growing in your drain pipes.

For more information, contact a plumber in your area.

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