5 No Fuss Ways Keep Your House Pipes Clean
Did you know that two of our sons are plumbers? Yep! And they see all kinds of crazy things. Hair, food, and soap scum all come together to create headaches by clogging your drains. Here are some ways that you can keep your pipes clean
Your drains don’t function as intended when they’re clogged, which can lead to unnecessary hassle and maintenance. Save yourself the trouble of a drain that won’t drain with these tips on what you can do to keep your pipes clean.
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Use Hot Water
One of the simplest tips is to opt for hot water when using your kitchen sink. Disposing of any oily foods down the drain is a bad idea when cold water is running. Hot water helps to melt light grease deposits and causes them to run down the drain more easily.
Sprinkle Some Baking Soda
In addition to absorbing foul odors, baking soda dissolves mineral deposits and can improve your drain’s flow. Sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda into your kitchen sink, flush it with hot water, and see if your draining problems improve. If the problem persists, you may need to use something stronger, but at least it’ll absorb the odors!
Get a Strainer for Your Kitchen Sink
Strainers in sinks can get pretty nasty, but that’s good! All of that food gunk is stuff that hasn’t made its way down your drain. You’ll need to clean it out periodically to prevent a stench from growing, but a little upkeep is worth the trouble if it means you don’t have to call a professional.
Pour a Cup of Vinegar
This goes hand in hand with the baking soda idea. Vinegar is full of natural acids that eat through organic food buildup in your pipes, so pour a cup down your drain and let it sit for half an hour. Then, flush your sink with hot water and watch the water drain!
You can also pour a mixture of baking soda and salt down your drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. After a minute of foaming, pour down a few quarts of boiling water, and (hopefully) all your problems will be solved.
Hire a Professional
If all else fails (and all else might… drain-related problems are tricky), consider hiring a professional. The experts will service your drain quickly, and you won’t believe how fast your sink can empty!
Now that you know what you can do to keep your pipes clean, avoid those pesky clogs and see the bottom of your sinks once again!